Here’s an overview of the factors you need to consider when looking for the perfect pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes.
Our eyes need protection from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays as much as our skin. So the most important factor in your search for sunglasses is that they offer 100% UV protection. Look for a sticker or label stating that they are 100% UV protected or UV 400.
There is no relationship between the color of the lenses and the level of UV protection, as the protective coating is transparent. Whether the glasses are tinted in gray, amber, green or pink, choose the color that seems most suitable for you. Remember that certain colors are better suited to certain outdoor conditions. Gray and green lenses are perfect for driving and everyday outdoor activities. Brown or amber lenses help you gauge distances better, so they’re ideal for golf, tennis or boating. Yellow offers the greatest clarity in low light conditions like skiing or mountain biking, while pink or red provides contrast against blue and green backgrounds, making them ideal for water sports.
Polarized, Mirror or Gradient
Another factor to consider when choosing lenses is whether you want them to be polarized. This filters out the strong glare reflected off horizontal surfaces. This can be especially useful when driving, playing sports, or when near a body of water. Reflective lenses also reduce glare (while completely blocking your eyes). Gradients transition from dark to light, helping you see in a variety of lighting conditions. Reflective and gradient lenses not only give you great eye protection, but are also in fashion today.
If you regularly wear prescription glasses or contact lenses and are investing in new glasses, consider buying a pair of glasses with your prescription in the lens. They will protect your eyes without worrying about the clarity of sight, which will encourage you to use them daily.
Many sunglasses are wrap-around, meaning the frame doesn’t stop at the temples. Instead, they curve towards the ear. The extra lens material provides excellent UV protection by blocking extra light, and can also provide added style.
If you need sunglasses for high-intensity or outdoor sports, include performance sunglasses in your search. These sunglasses combine high-quality lenses, a wraparound frame and specialist materials, so they excel in flexibility and durability.
Shape adapted to your morphology
Finally, to be able to enjoy the protection of your sunglasses without worrying about them moving or falling. Don’t forget to ask your optician or ophthalmologist to have them made to measure.