While everyone wants to enjoy summer to the fullest, outdoor enthusiasts must remember that the sun, with all the benefits it brings, also has many dangerous effects.
The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are strongest during the summer, and can damage unprotected eyes in as little as 15 minutes. While wearing sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection is important throughout the year, taking extra sun-safety precautions during the summer is especially important.
As you’re shopping for sunglasses, keep these tips in mind:
Pick the right shape
Just as the shape of your face influences your choice in haircuts, it will affect what type of sunglasses look good on you. For example, people with oval faces can wear almost any shape of sunglasses. Rectangular frames and lenses will help add length to a round face, and oval glasses will complement diamond or square faces.
Choose the right lenses
Choose lenses that provide broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB light. You should look for a label indicating that the lenses block 99 to 100 percent of UVB and UVA rays, and provide UV 400 protection. If glare is a concern, polarized lenses filter out sunlight reflected off flat surfaces such as water or pavement, making them a good choice if you’ll be wearing them boating or while driving an automobile.
Find the right solution
Eyeglass wearers should use sunglasses too, but many go without proper sun protection because of the high cost of prescription sunglasses or the inconvenience of having to switch glasses when they move from indoors to outdoors. Look for clip-on sunglasses that attach to virtually any style of eyeglasses. Significantly less expensive than prescription sunglasses, this option makes it cost-effective to keep multiple pairs wherever you need them – in the car, office, at home or in your gym bag.
Wear the right lens tint
Lens tint impacts more than just personal style. UV protecting coating is clear, so a lighter-hued lens can be just as effective at UV protection as a darker one. The color of the lens will, however, affect your perceptions of color. For minimal color distortion, choose gray, green or brown lenses, especially if you’ll wear them while driving.
Spend the right amount
Remember that while many low-cost shades probably won’t provide adequate UV protection, you still don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to get a good pair of sunglasses. Regardless of how much you pay, it is always important to evaluate the quality and durability of every pair before you buy.