June 27 is National Sunglasses Day

    Posted by Emily Martin on 6/27/14 11:30 AM

    The summer's must-have accessory has always been sunglasses - from big ones to little ones, bright colors to sleek black, trendy shapes to classic aviators. People have used protective eyeglasses for centuries and can be traced back to the prehistoric age when the Inuit used walrus ivory to make slitted masks to shield their eyes from the sun.


    In the early 1900s, the practice of wearing sunglasses became more widespread, especially among Hollywood movie stars. Soon, inexpensive shades were being mass produced and sold on beaches and boardwalks along the east coast. During WWII, sunglasses played a major role when Bausch & Lomb developed an anti-glare aviator style that "banned the rays" for pilots and RayBan was born. In 1937, this sought-after style was an instant hit with celebrities and the general public when it became available for purchase. Even today it is a favorite of trendsetters.


    Not only do your shades make a fashion statement, they also protect your eyes and vision from the harmful effects of the sun. Follow these tips when choosing your new pair of sunglasses:

    • Always choose a pair that protects against UVA and UVB rays

    • Bigger is better - go for large frames that protect the delicate skin around your eyes

    • Try out tints - they can reduce glare and enhance contrast and depth perception

    • Material matters - opt for polycarbonate for sports use. It is impact resistant and lightweight


    Stop into any Thoma & Sutton Eye Care location to browse our selection of sunglasses by brands such as Maui Jim, RayBan, and Oakley. You can also check out our new arrivals on our Pinterest page http://bit.ly/1mlJP7E


    Topics: Eye Health, Eye Care Tips, Eyewear, Sunglasses