Wrap-around shades not only look cool, they also provide better protection from the sun and from flying debris. Unfortunately, radically curved frames make many prescription lenses impossible. After several of my sunglass choices were shot down because they had too much curvature for my near-sighted prescription, the staff at my optometrist's office suggested sunglasses from Rudy Project. Designed for hard-core cyclists and other outdoorsy types, these wrap-around shades get around the curvature problem by using a prescription lens insert mounted behind the ANSI-approved, tinted lenses (which are replaceable if they get scratched). All of this technology comes at a price, however. My rather ordinary prescription with the Ekynox frames shown cost over $300, but working safer without the watery eyes and headaches caused by blinding sun makes them worth the price. Rudy Project, 888/860-7597, www.rudyprojectusa.com.
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