5 Helpful tips for choosing Sunglasses

RayBan Sunglasses

When you’re buying sunglasses, it’s a good idea to take your time or else you might end up doing more damage to your eyes than if you did nothing at all. The big thing to consider is ultraviolet light. While we can’t see it, UV light is a very real danger and you should protect yourself from this radiation. Buying the wrong glasses can lead you to think you are protected and actually do damage as a result. The damage can be everything from cataracts to an eye sunburn.

Oakley Fives Squared Sunglasses
Oakley Fives Squared Sunglasses

Keep in mind that the first tip for buying new sunglasses is to make sure that the lenses offer protection from UV rays. Make sure the label specifies that it protects from 99-100% of UV radiation. It doesn’t really need to be as expensive as Alexander Wang’s sunglasses as long as it can provide you best eye protection.

Tip number two is about the material of your lenses. While glass used to be the only choice, it offered little protection from UV. The wide range of synthetic materials available in some trendy Oakley sunglasses offers both strengths to protect against breakage and better protection from glare. Polycarbonate lenses are the best choice for your lenses.

Sunglasses by Chelsea Gates via Unsplash
Sunglasses by Chelsea Gates via Unsplash

The third tip is about how the glasses fit. Make sure they cover the entire orb of the eyeballs, you don’t need to go for the full wraparound of basketball goggles, but it’s not a bad idea. Not only that but if they don’t fit well with long enough arms, you might find that your new glasses hurt your ears and then, you probably won’t wear them.

Fourth, is that if you wear corrective eyeglasses you can get custom lenses made that will do both functions. Correct your vision and protect your eyes from the rays of the sun. Pick the frames you like and then ask the optometrist to make them to your prescription.

RayBan Sunglasses
RayBan Sunglasses

Finally, one more word about lenses. With modern technology, the color of the lenses isn’t important because all the colors offer the same levels of protection. Just make sure that you like the way things look through your lenses and if you are going to be driving, make sure they aren’t too dark. One advantage that comes from amber lenses is they block out blue light which can hurt your eyes, just make sure they also block out the UV.

Now that you know how to get the best sunglasses, and because your eyes are protected and not going to suffer from the ultraviolet rays, go out and enjoy the day!

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