Sunglass Hunt: Opt For 'Polarized' If You Wanna Prevent Eye Crinkles
Is your Botox pro adding more injections on every visit? Do you have major 11s? (You know, those vertical lines separating your eyebrows). If yes, it’s time to rethink your sunglasses and invest in a polarized pair.
A bit of background: On my second date with my now-husband, we met for the weekend in Cocoa Beach, fictional home to I Dream of Jeannie’s Major Nelson and NASA. It was March 2013, and our hotel was just steps away from the legendary Ron Jon’s Surf Shop. He wanted new sunglasses for fishing, and I was trying on Ray-Ban’s version of Jackie Os. He only wanted polarized glasses and he asked how I could spend so much on mine, which weren’t.
I didn’t know what polarized glasses offered until I tried his while walking on the beach. Quelle difference in the clarity and color of everything in sight. But who needed that in NYC? I never drove, or visited the beach all that often, and my Tom Fords sufficed quite nicely, thank you. Plus as a then-4x per year Botox user, squinting wasn’t an issue. Because I couldn’t…
Leap ahead to May 2015. Me: married and newly residing in Florida. My neighbor, the ultra-glamorous Alex Alexander, proprietor of Isles of Capri’s Blue Heron restaurant, picked me up for a day of errands (I didn’t yet have a car and was re-learning how to drive). Upon noticing my squinting despite wearing oversized glasses, she remarked: “You’re going to need polarized sunglasses for the car, boat and anything else you do outside. The sun is really strong here.”
As a former LA resident and Hotel BelAir dining room manager, Alex knows strong sun and what it can do to your looks.
Again with the polarized glasses.
An 'aha' moment: would polarized glasses possibly prevent future damage? According to top-ranked ophthalmic plastic surgeon Richard Palu, my go-to Botox doc when living in NYC, the answer is yes. “Think of this as 'prejuvenation' - anything that helps minimize the muscles’ efforts causing you to squint can help prevent or lessen future wrinkle damage. By blocking the horizontal rays, glare is significantly reduced when compared to regular and tinted sunglasses.”
Dr. Palu then elaborated on about how sun affects the eyes in other damaging ways (cataracts, macular degeneration, and more). But honestly? All I really care about right now are the wrinkles.
Expect to spend when adding polarized film to your current sunglasses or give these renowned brands a try: Costa del Mar (aka “costs a lot more” – starting at $170ish, but guaranteed); Persol; plus classic aviators and Wayfarers from Ray-Ban.