7.21.2013

Essential Advice for Picking the Best Sunglasses

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Sunglasses are of course worn the world over. Many people adorn their faces with the latest in fashion and styles to complete their own look. The fact is that some people have multiple sets of these glasses to compliment all manner of outfits they might wear. To bear this out you perhaps only have to take a look at some of the celeb’s that get snapped wearing theirs.
However, sunglasses are much more than just about creating street cred. Yes, that’s right. Sunglasses actually perform an essential role in the protection of your eyes, not only that but they also protect the surrounding tissue also.

So if you have ever found yourself wondering about the merits of different pairs of sunglasses then this blog post is definitely for you. Here we will be offering some essential advice on how to pick your next pair of sunglasses.

Early Days
The main cause of damage to the eyes and surrounding areas comes directly as a result of the harmful UV rays that are emitted by the sun. What many people don’t think about is that these rays are just as likely to occur on an overcast day as they are on a blisteringly hot summer afternoon.
Given that eye UV eye damage is cumulative over a lifetime it perhaps makes sense to start wearing sun glasses for protection early in life. Add in to this that children’s eyes are still developing then it makes double sense to offer them as much protection as possible.

Complete Protection
The most important thing to consider, aside from how cool you might look in your new shades, is of course the level of protection afforded. Here you are looking to check the level of UVA and UVB protection. As a result of this you might well see something like:

99% or 100% of UVA & UVB rays are blocked
UV400 Protection

There are other tags that are associated with protection levels on the lenses of sunglasses. One of others comes in the form of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). They have a standard whic4h is referred to as the Z80.3 which details requirements for the standard of non-prescription eyewear.

The main take-away here are that you should be looking for complete protection from the harmful UVA & UVB rays. Be cautious when shopping for cheaper sunglasses as some of the “knock-off” or copies don’t provide anywhere near the protection levels that you need. So despite looking great your eyes could well be still at risk.

The Hue Myth
Another element that will need to be considered revolves around the hue of the lens. The common myth that people tend to believe is that the darker the lens then the more harmful rays are cut out.
The truth is that the coating that protects against these rays is actually clear. So opting for a very dark lens won’t help to give you more protection than a much lighter one. However, the hue of the lens will play a role in colour detection.

Some of the rose tinted or yellow lenses can make it more difficult to distinguish colours when at a set of traffic lights. If you do a lot of driving then you might find it better to go for either a green, brown or grey lens as these tend to help minimise colour distortion levels.

Polarized Lenses
Polarized lenses can be a great option if you need to reduce levels of glare. Very often these are the glasses of choice by people involved in water sports.
It should however be noted that polarization does nothing to protect against the UVA or UVB rays. Another factor of these glasses is that in certain situations they can actually make it more difficult to see things. Things like checking your mobile or navigation units can be harder to do when wearing a pair of polarised sun glasses.

Author Bio
When your author (Ray Moore) is outside he can nearly always be seen wearing a pair of sunglasses. When purchasing discount designer sunglasses he strongly recommends consumers to double check the UV rating.

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