Don't Get Framed by Fashion

We here at SeaLuxe care about good health. That is why, once in a while, we may venture a little off the path of skincare and nutrition to let you know about something we consider to be important.

I was at the optometrist today and overheard her talking to a young lady who was asking about prescription sunglasses. No big deal. But the optometrist was talking her out of a certain style of sunglasses called micro shades. Remember micro shades? They seem to come back every other decade – think the tiny round John Lennon glasses in the 1960s. They came back for round two in the 1990s and as of now, they’re baaaaaaaack. Micro shades feature a small and narrow eye lens. Check out American model Bella Hadid’s Instagram page and you’ll see her wearing them.

When it was time for my appointment, I asked my optometrist why she was so against micro shades. They’re not great for your eyes, she said.

With smaller frames, more ultraviolet light is going to get around to your eye ball, she explained. Overexposure to UV rays can affect central vision and can lead to macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss. And there’s more. Some doctors believe these rays can lead to cataracts as well as pterygiums (growth on the eye’s surface). Plus – many micro shade lovers wear the frames further down their nose, as is the style. We've preached sun safety here on this blog before, and believe us when we tell you we wear the BIGGEST frames we can find. Especially when we're near or on the ocean and all that reflective sunlight!

“Bigger sunglasses are much better for your eyes,” my eye doc pointed out, adding that no matter where you buy your glasses, make sure they have 100% UV protection. They don’t have to be expensive – many sunglasses are coated with protection.

The only person who could probably get away with small frames is Chuck Norris. Because, of course, he wears sunglasses to protect the sun from his eyes. (FYI We only make dad jokes around Father’s Day.)