Sunglasses are all the craze around this time of year. You can choose from so many styles, colors, frames and designers but factoring in your eye health is often a missed step when picking out a new pair of sunglasses.
Make sure you next pair of shades hit these key points for full protection of your eyes.
Find a pair of shades that provide protection from ultraviolet lights. Look for labels that block 99 percent or 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays. Regular UV Protection labels just do not make the cut because they do not provide the amount of protection needed to protect your eyes. Also look for lenses that have UV 400 protection or lenses that meet the ANSI Z 80.3 blocking requirements.
Choose the Right Hue
Lenses that are yellow or pink in color may make it difficult to see while driving. They can distort lighting and make it difficult to see traffic lights and other traffic signs. Opt for brown or gray lenses that will minimize color distortion of surrounding objects. UV protection is a clear coating so the darker is not necessarily better.
Search for Quality Lenses
Although price does not determine quality, stay away from cheap sunglasses. It is best to get a professional opinion on lens quality as cheaper lenses may lack consistency. See your local sunglasses shop to get the perfect quality lenses.
The Bigger the Better
Glasses that cover more are better for your eyes. Wider band sunglasses block more sunlight and therefore provide more protection to your eyes. Large lenses cover a wider area and increase the amount of protection from UV rays.
Find glasses that fit your face. They should not be too tight or too loose.