Sunglasses should be more than just a fashion statement.

According to the Mayo Clinic, UV exposure has shown to contribute to the development of certain types of cataracts, growths on the eye, and possibly macular degeneration.

There’s never been a better time to invest in year-round protection for your eyes. Now through July 31, all five styles of the Aviator Collection Bridge Series by Norman Childs Eyewear are available for $150 each at all of our Eyetique locations.

Originally priced between $410 -$495, choose from the Wabash, Panther Hollow, Bloomfield, Fort Pitt, or Liberty styles, all handmade in America and named after Pittsburgh bridges.

“Sunglasses are not only fun accessories but more importantly, provide health benefits. I recommend them for everyone, even babies due to developing and sensitive eyes. We know the damage UV light can cause, and it’s the same reason why dermatologists recommend sunscreen/sunblock,” said optometrist Dr. Joanne Adolfo. “People have the misconception that sunglasses are only for eliminating the brightness of the sun or sensitivity to it but there is UVA light that is present even on cloudy days in the fall or winter.”

To keep your eyes full protected year-round, it is recommended that you find a pair that:

Block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays
Screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light
Have lenses that are perfectly matched in color and free of distortions and imperfections
Have lenses that are gray for proper color recognition, keeping in mind that a darker lens has nothing to do with the sunglasses’ ability to block UV rays

Call or visit eyetique.com/schedule-eye-exam to schedule an eye exam today.