How to find the perfect summer sunglasses in Birmingham


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Sporting sunglasses from UAB Callahan Eyewear. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

When I put on my first pair of real sunglasses, I couldn’t believe I spent years wearing cheap pairs from gas stations. Whether you’re about to buy your first pair or you’re looking to add a new pair to your collection, you’ll find the help you need at the UAB Callahan Eyewear optical stores—here are a few tips to get you started!

How to Pick the Perfect Pair

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Picking the right pair of sunglasses can be tricky. You want them to complement your unique facial structure, go with multiple outfits, be timelessly stylish and—perhaps most importantly—protect your eyes from the Sun. With seemingly endless choices out there, choosing the perfect pair is a daunting task. Here are a few tips to make the selection easier!

  • First, find a frame shape that fits your face: Grab a mirror or take a selfie—once you’ve determined your face shape (round, oval or square), you’ve narrowed it down to several styles that will complement your face.
  • Next, make sure they’re the right size: It may seem obvious, but take the time to ensure the sunglasses fit your face. Too big, and they might flop around. Too small, and they’ll squeeze your head!
  • Now, make sure they aren’t too heavy: Sunglasses can be made out of dozens of materials, from lightweight plastic frames to heavy glass & metal pairs.
  • Finally, determine what type of sunglasses you need: Are you looking for sunglasses to wear on your drive to work? To wear when you’re out on the town? To wear while exercising?
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A fancy pair of sunglasses makes sunset at the Redmont even better. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

While you could pour over the endless assortment of sunglasses online, it’s often easier (and more fun!) to search for your perfect pair in person. Luckily, we’ve got just the spot.

Need Help Picking the Perfect Sunglasses? Find the Hottest Brands at UAB Callahan Eyewear

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UAB Callahan Eye Hospital’s location in downtown Birmingham. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

For over 55 years, UAB Callahan Eye Hospital & Clinics has been the leading name in eye care for Alabama. But did you know that they also carry the leading brands of top-quality sunglasses, too? In fact, the eye hospital operates multiple Callahan Eyewear optical stores around town—at the UAB Callahan Eye Hospital Clinic in downtown Birmingham as well as locations in Vestavia Hills, Hoover, Gardendale, Pell City and Trussville.

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UAB Callahan Eyewear has the perfect sunglasses for any occasion, including drinks on the Redmont Hotel’s rooftop bar. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

At the Callahan Eyewear optical stores, you’ll find the latest trends from the world’s top designers, including:

Visit UAB Callahan Eyewear to Find the Perfect Sunglasses

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Sporting sunglasses from UAB Callahan Eyewear atop the Redmont Hotel. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Whether you’re looking for a new prescription, corrective lenses, eye care accessories or that perfect pair of sunglasses, UAB Callahan Eyewear has it all. Visit one of their locations in town to get started!

  • UAB Callahan Eye Hospital: 1720 University Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35233
    • Call: 205.325.8227 
    • Hours: 8AM—5PM, Monday through Friday
  • Cahaba River: 2801 Old 280 Court, Vestavia Hills, AL 35243
    • Call: 205.533.8353
    • Hours: 8AM—5PM, Monday through Friday
  • Hoover: 501 Emery Drive W., Suite 1101A, Hoover, AL 35244
    • Call: 205.327.6770
    • Hours: Call for hours.
  • Gardendale: 960 Rocket Way, Suite 120, Gardendale, AL 35071
    • Call: 205.327.6808
    • Hours: Call for hours.
  • Pell City: 7067 Veterans Parkway, Pell City, AL 35125
    • Call: 205.812.0445
    • Hours: Call for hours.
  • Trussville: 1960 Gadsden Highway, Suite 120, Trussville, AL 35235
    • Call: 205.325.8698
    • Hours: Call for hours.

Planning to visit UAB Callahan Eyewear to find your next pair of sunglasses? Tag us @bhamnow on Instagram with a pic of your new shades!

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