Sunglasses have long been a staple accessory, making a statement about the style and personality of their wearer. It is their functionality, however, that makes sunglasses a necessity. Helping us to see on sunny days, enjoying water or snow activities and while driving their benefits may often be taken for granted. Sunglasses help protect our vision from ultraviolet (UV) rays, which is far more important than the chill vibe or quirky sense that they communicate for us. A great pair of shades does not have to cost a fortune, you just need to know what to look for in finding the perfect pair. Here are the top four factors to consider before making your next sunglass purchase.
1. Look for the Label
Choose sunglasses that are going to do what you need them to – protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. It does not matter how cute they are, if the sticker or tag doesn’t say they block 100 percent of UV rays (both A and B), they are not the pair for you.
2. Color is Only a Preference
Lenses come in a variety of colors from the very dark that conceal your eyes completely to light rosy pink. Have fun seeing what colors look best on you and provide the contrast you are looking for, but remember that lens color is not an indicator of how well they will protect your eyes.
3. It’s a Family Thing
According to the American Optometric Association, children’s eyes can not filter UV rays as easily as their mature adult counterparts. The association also suggests that babies under the age of 6 months should not be exposed to UV rays. After 6 months of age sunglasses need to be worn.
4. Bigger is Better
The skin around your eyes is sensitive and extra susceptible to sun damage. The more coverage you can provide to this area, the better protected from UV rays you will be. Explore over-sized lenses with thick frames that sit close to the face. Try styles you may not normally wear, considering sunglasses as an opportunity to add an unexpected pop of fashionable safety to your wardrobe. You can also use the virtual try on feature at Vision Direct to get an idea of what will look best on you.