Are you enjoying this mini heatwave? Or are you like me, perfectly happy with early-20s and a cool breeze, and hating the fact that you currently feel like you're sleeping in a sauna?
It's not that I dislike the idea of summer. Perhaps it would be different if I was a size 10 and could spend hot, sunny days in the beer garden in strappy tops and shorts. But I'm certainly not a size 10 and the last thing I want to do is to have to take off my trusty cardigan! How am I meant to hide my bingo wings? And beer garden? I'm too busy running around after two small children! I vaguely remember the term 'lazing about' but it's been years since I actually experienced it. Instead of sun, fizz and bikinis, my summers usually involve sweat, frizz and sleepless nights.
However, there is one thing I always do when the sun comes out (other than moan!) and that is to dig out my trusty designer sunglasses.
There are numerous benefits to wearing sunglasses. The sun comes out and we immediately slather ourselves and our children with sun tan lotion. But what about your eyes? In essence, they are completely naked and just as susceptible to UV damage. UV exposure can trigger cataracts, as well as macular degeneration, which can potentially lead to permanent blurriness and vision loss. Plus, were you aware that up to 10% of all skin cancers are found on the eyelid?
And we mustn't forget that the more often you wear sunglasses, the less you squint, which results in fewer fine lines and wrinkles!
Years ago my husband very generously treated me to a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers and although they cost him about £125, I've now had them for almost a decade, so I'm definitely getting my money's worth!
Founded in America in 1937, Ray-Ban is a brand synonymous with celebrity and style. The now iconic Aviator sunglasses were first created by medical equipment manufacturer, Bausch & Lomb, to reduce headaches and nausea experienced by pilots – the result of the intense blue and white hues of the sky. In 1952, the equally popular Wayfarer sunglasses were developed, which featured a radical new shape and took advantage of new plastic moulding technology.
From the 1950s, Ray-Bans were seen on some of the world's most recognisable stars, including Marilyn Monroe, Kim Novak, James Dean and Bob Dylan. They have also been featured in numerous films, including Goodfellas, Men in Black and the recent Wolf of Wall Street, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie.
Where can I buy Ray-Bans?
You could buy online. There are plenty of online retailers that sell Ray-Bans. However, how can you be sure that they will suit you? Do you really want to spend that much on a pair of sunglasses that make your face look too square or round? That highlight rather than detract from any facial 'quirks'?
Based in Queens Square in Haverhill, Billson Opticians have been providing traditional family eyecare since 1930. A family-run, independent company with practices in Haverhill, Sawston, Halstead, Linton, Clare and Long Melford, Billson Opticians are the only exclusive Ray-Ban stockists in Haverhill.
By choosing to buy your Ray-Bans at Billson Opticians in Haverhill, you will not only be able to try before you buy, but also benefit from expert, friendly advice. You can opt for the classic Aviator or Wayfarer styles, or try out the Clubmaster, Justin, Erika or Round. As for lenses, you could choose Classic, Gradient, Special or Polarized – it's completely up to you!
Want to find out more? Billson Opticians are open six days a week, from 8:45am to 5:15pm Monday to Friday, and 8:45am to 1pm on Saturdays.
Please click here for more information about the Haverhill optometrists.
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