Our Forecast Is Bright. Wear Shades.

Here in sunny Myrtle Beach, we all love spending time in our great outdoors – by land and by sea. But fun under the sun also requires the proper protection against the sun’s intense rays, from head to toe.

We found some shade and relief by way of Sunglass Hut in The Market Common and chatted with manager Cheryl Hudson, who enlightened us on the many ways their sunglasses are high-quality safety glasses, when it comes to protecting your eyes from the sun.

All Sunglass Hut sunglasses are 100 percent protectant against UVA, UVB and UVC rays: UVA is anti-aging, UVB is anti-sunburn (also responsible for causing skin cancer), and UVC rays are the shortest rays and the most dangerous. However, Hudson says not all are polarized lenses, an added layer that reduces glare from surfaces, like water, snow and glass – they’re even helpful to see more clearly when playing sports or driving (especially at night when facing oncoming LED headlights).

“One expression we say is that all of these protections are like sunscreen for your eyes,” adds Hudson.

From there, it’s really a matter of choosing your personal style preference – and Sunglass Hut carries hundreds of styles in brands from Alain Mikli to Versace, and every classic name in between, like Costa, Oakley and many more. “Everything from male and female fashions to casuals and the iconic Ray-Bans,” she says.

Then there are the variety of tints on the lenses to choose from: “I go with a bronze lens only because it carries me through more hours of the day,” says Hudson. “If you have a hazy, rainy day, sometimes a pair of dark sunglasses is too dark.”

Other environmental elements to keep in mind when maintaining your sunglasses are tears, sweat, saltwater and pool chlorine water. (Women also need to factor in all of our facial moisturizers.)

“It’s always a good idea to use a good lens cleaner,” says Hudson. “What a lot of people don’t understand is as you wear your glasses, little splatters of your tears or sweat that gets on the inside of your lenses just continues to concentrate if you don’t clean them properly. The cleaner also kills 99.9% of germs.”

Stop in, talk to the Sunglass Hut staff and see for yourself!

Sunglass Hut is located at 3069 Howard Ave. For more information, visit www.sunglasshut.com or call 843-238-8953.

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