5 Features to Look for When Buying Sunglasses
SUMMER has finally arrived, and we cannot think about anything else but to head over to the beach and spend as much time possible, basking under the sun! This is the perfect season to be out and get engaged with sports, fitness, camping, even going on a much-awaited and well-deserved vacation...
Have you packed your bags yet? Have you booked your flight and hotel? Is everyone in the family ready? Don’t forget the cameras! But wait… don’t you think you’re forgetting something?
Sun protection lotion? Check.
Wide-brimmed hat? Check.
How about a pair of SUNGLASSES? Do you have one already? How sure are you that you’ve got the right pair?
As easy it may seem, buying a pair of sunglasses does not simply mean picking one out and making sure that it matches an outfit. Sunglasses are indeed fashion accessories that we all love to buy, but they also serve other important purposes like sun protection for our eyes and being able to see better outdoors with less glare. Thus, it is necessary that you know what to look for when buying sunglasses.
Here are a few tips:
1. 100% UV Protection
Too much sun exposure can not only damage your skin but also your EYES. Especially this season when you are expected to spend more time outside, you need sunglasses that can FULLY protect your eyes from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. Scrap the old belief that you need to buy the pair that has the darkest tint. It is not true. Instead, check the label and see if it bears “100% UV Protection” or “UV 400.”
If you are having a hard time looking for sunglasses that bear this label, simply head on over to our store to check out our wide-range of sunglasses.
2. Tinted Lenses
Again, darker is not always better. Having dark lenses does not always follow that they can completely shield your eyes from the sun, nor can they absorb these rays, so they don’t get to reach your eyes. You don’t have to get stuck with very dark lenses too, since these days, there are a lot of lens colours to choose from.
In case you need references, here are some coloured sunglasses that you can choose from.
3. The Right Fit
Sunglasses should feel comfortable and perfectly fit your face. As a fashion accessory, your sunnies will definitely look better on you if the frames are just right for the shape of your face. As a wearable protection tool, anything too tight will leave you feeling very uncomfortable. Anything that is too big for your face will let the sun’s rays reach your eyes and skin.
Ask your optometrist on how to find the right frame considering your face’s shape. You can even schedule a consultation with one of our own, right now. Contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 9264 7188.
4. Lens and Frame Material
What are the materials used for the lenses and the frames? Are they durable? Are they heavy or light? It pays to ask your optometrist in what materials your chosen sunglasses are made of as they are an investment that should be able to withstand repeated usage, as again, they are meant to PROTECT your eyes from the sun. No one wants a broken frame while in the middle of a vacation!
5. Polarised Lenses
Instead of tinted lenses, you might want to consider POLARISED lenses too? This type of lenses can reduce glare and let you see clearly outdoors. This is especially good when out on the beach, when driving, and when doing certain sports, as they let you see better which makes the entire activity a whole lot safer to carry out.
Lastly, remember that when buying sunglasses, never compromise safety and function over cost. There are a lot of cheap options out there, but are they able to serve their purpose? The risks of acquiring eye diseases because of too much sun exposure are real. Cataracts and ocular melanoma, or cancer that develops in the eye, are just some of these samples.
On the other hand, expensive does not always guarantee effectivity. We want you to carefully study the tips mentioned above and to check out the many choices available before you make your purchase. If you think you need guidance in choosing the right pair of sunglasses for you, then feel free to drop by at Piccadilly Eyewear for a quick chat!