We all know sunglasses make it easier to see on a sunny day, whether out on the road or the water, it also makes us stylish in hot summers. But, wearing the right sunglasses is a great defense against ultraviolet rays that can cause eye damage.
Once you decide the purpose for your sunglasses, then you can determine how much you can pay for the glasses. Just make sure you keep trends versus classic styles in mind and then use your own features, from face shape to coloring, to narrow it down to the ideal sunglasses but never skip the UV protection. While there is a surplus of options to choose from, it is essential to keep a few things in mind before you pick your best shades for summer.
- Think Why You Need Them?
Before choosing the best sunglasses, the most important one is deciding which pair of glasses can handle your activity level like biking, running, skating, or playing other sports. If you’re not a very active individual, then no worries. But make sure that if you insist to use your sunglasses for high-impact activities, then you get frames and lenses that were designed to stand up to the task.
- Think About How Often You Want to Buy
Watch out whether you are you a trendsetter or just buy quality in classic styles and wear them for years? If it doesn’t bother you to throw out a pair of sunglasses when they are out of style, seek for the hottest trends by watching celebrities in movies or catching up on expert designers. If you swing more toward the classic styles and you want to indulge, try any elegant pair so that you can see yourself enjoying for years.
3. Pick the Right Pair for Your Budget
Less expensive pairs labeled as 100 percent UV protected can be just as effective as pricier options as sunglasses need not cost a lot of money to work well. If you’re very into designer frames then approach fancy designer brands with caution as you are probably paying more for the name and the logo than for the quality of the lens.
- Pick a frame that suits your face
Balancing out your features with sunglasses in the opposite shape gives you the most flattering look because the size of the sunglass should be in proportion to your face.
- So, make sure that a person with a round face should ideally pick something that is broader and makes his face look thinner.
- If you have angular features, go for rounded frames than rectangular.
- If your face is round, balance it by choosing an angular frame something like a cat eye or rectangle shape.
- Average-sized frames look great in heart-shaped faces than oversized lenses.
- Someone with a narrow forehead and wide jaw can choose oversized frames, whereas oval-shaped faces can get away with almost any frame size or shape.
5. Make it 100 percent UV protection
The most important factor to consider when buying sunglasses is to look for a sticker or tag indicating that they block 100 percent of UV rays or a tag indicating they block 99 to 100% of UVA and UVB radiation.
The label on the sunglass should read either “UV 400” or “100% UV protection” and you are fooled if the glasses merely say “UV protective.” However, half of the people buying sunglasses bother to check whether the lenses protect the eyes from ultraviolet light but this is essential to protect your eyes from harsh rays.
To know what kind of protection they offer, ask your local optical store if they have a UV meter as this device can measure the UV protection of your glasses.
The tint of the lens makes no difference to the UV protection of the glasses. Dark lenses without sufficient UV protection are more harmful to your eyes than not wearing glasses at all, as the dark tint in the sunglass causes the pupils to get dilated, thus exposing the eyes to more harmful UV rays”.
- Bigger the Better & Get the Right Fit
Choose the right style and opt for sunglasses that cover the sides of your eyes to prevent UV light from entering. Ideally, wraparound lenses are best, but if you feel that’s not an appealing style, go for close-fitting glasses with wide lenses.
Better avoid models with small lenses and also very dark lenses as they may look cool, but do not necessarily block more UV rays. The more coverage and bigger the sunglasses, the less sun damage imposed on the eyes.
A big no-no to the heavy rim and thin glasses. Make sure your sunglasses fit you fine and there is no discomfort around your temples, ears, and nose.
7. Colour Doesn’t Matter
Darker lenses don’t protect better and some sunglasses come in beautiful colors like amber, green or grey lenses. These colorful lenses do not block more sun but can, in turn, increase the contrast thus making useful for athletes.
If you want an overall trendy pair of sunglasses in your favourite colour, that shouldn’t be a problem at all. Large plastic frames in almost any colour you could dream of, and many different shades of metal are available, just pick any lens colour and go for an overall trendy style.
If you’re in the dilemma about which shade to choose, look at your skin tone. Is it pink? Look for some cool tones like silver, gunmetal, soft bronze metals or cool plastic tones in pink, purple, blue-red, blue, green, black, grey. For yellow skin tones, try gold, copper metals or warm plastic tones in yellow, orange, orangery-red, yellow-green, beige, brown. But grey or amber are considered to be versatile lens colour.
- Check out for Tapered Lenses
Many of them fail to check for the lens material as there are a lot of options ranging from glass to acrylic and it mostly depends on the purpose you are buying your glasses for. Good lenses with good optical quality include “decentering,” or tapering the lenses as some cheaper plastic lenses will strain your eyes and land up after a while with fatigue or even severe eyestrain and headaches.