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The Top Sunglasses Trends

Trendy Sunglass StylesIn the last blog post, ophthalmologist Dr. Eric Donnenfeld listed some common habits that can harm the health of the eyes. This list included not wearing the proper UV protection, especially in environments such as the beach, lake and snow-capped mountains. Prolonged exposure to UV rays has been linked to cataracts, macular degeneration, ptergia, photokeratitis and other conditions that can cause temporary vision loss. To avoid harming your eyes, Dr. Donnenfeld suggested wearing a pair of sunglasses with appropriate UVA/UVB protection.

With so many styles to choose from, shopping for sunglasses can become overwhelming! Browse this list of top sunglasses trends and find an option that speaks to your personal taste and style.


Nearly every designer, from Oakley to Michael Kors to Marc Jacobs, offers their twist on the aviator style. Some of the most popular aviator designs have mirrored frames in a rainbow of colors. You could even purchase a few pairs with different colored lenses to mix and match with your outfit of the day. If you have a heart-shaped face, aviators will be most flattering on you.

Classic Wayfarers

Some sunglasses never go out of style, especially the original Ray-Ban Wayfarers. You simply cannot go wrong with a pair of Wayfarers, which come in numerous colors and finishes, including solids, neons and tortoiseshell.


Clubmaster sunglasses look a little bit like classic Wayfarers with traditional browline frames. Popular in the 80s, Clubmasters are making a comeback and are commonly seen on movie stars and models.


Cat-eyed glasses ooze grace and old-school glamour. If you consider yourself a fashionista, you must have a pair of cat-eye glasses at the ready, to pair with your sleek and elegant outfits. Cat-eyed glasses look especially great for oval-shaped faces.


Think like a celebrity and hide your eyes behind an oversized pair of sunnies. Reminiscent of the retro style of the 60s, oversized sunglasses make a statement while also shielding your eyes from harmful UV rays. Oversized glasses are ideal to balance out round faces.

Sun Protection Is Essential

Do you know what will always be on-trend? Protecting your eyes and precious vision from the sun. According to the American Optometric Association, you should look for protective sunglasses with the following features:

  • Block out 99 to 100 percent of UV-A and UV-B radiation
  • Screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light
  • Sit close to your eyes to prevent UV exposure from all sides

Check the product labels to confirm details about UV protection. Also, if you spend a lot of time outside, the AOA recommends wearing styles with wraparound frames.

Remember, the perfect pair of sunglasses is one that blends fashion and function!

Contact Dr. Donnenfeld

For more information about protecting your vision from the sun and other harmful elements, please contact Dr. Eric Donnenfeld today.

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