In the summertime, there are few people who don’t don a pair of sunglasses once the weather warms up. While these are viewed by many as a style accessory, they also have an array of practical purposes too, from protecting your eyes against harmful glare through to improving your vision.
This means that sunglasses ought to be selected with much more care than many of us realize, just like glasses more generally (a topic we feel strongly about at BOSS). We take a look at just a few of the pertinent points to consider when choosing your next pair.
Coatings and filters
When it comes to choosing your sunglasses, you’ll find you have lots of different options once you begin looking at better-quality brands. These include a range of different coatings and filters, which achieve a number of different ends, from enhanced durability and performance through to improved appearance. Four, in particular, are worth noting:
- Anti-reflective coating: Designed to reduce glare, anti-reflective coating improves light transmission through the lenses and makes it easier to see in bright conditions.
- Scratch-resistant coating: Creating a harder surface, a scratch-resistant coating can prevent damage from dropping or cleaning your sunglasses, to increase their longevity.
- Anti-fog coating: Useful for those who are likely to wear sunglasses in colder conditions, such as mountaineers or skiers, anti-fog coating stops fogging from impeding your vision.
- Ultra-violet treatment: Most importantly for sunglasses, consider whether your preferred lenses have been ultra-violet treated, i.e. treated with an invisible dye that stops the sun’s rays from damaging your eyes and potentially causing cataracts and retinal damage.
Depending on what you’re going to be using your sunglasses for, experts further suggest that it can be helpful to look for polarized models. Designed to reduce glare from surfaces including water, snow, and glass, these make it easier to judge the true color and depth of objects, so overall vision is improved. This is particularly useful for those partaking in high-risk outdoor activities such as water skiing or mountaineering, for example. You can check out this article at VeryWellHealth.com for more information.
Protecting against blue light
In addition, it’s recommended that you take into account how effective any glasses will be in blocking out blue light. That’s because this can cause damage to the light-sensitive cells found in your retina, and has also been linked to eye strain. Orange-hued lenses are the most useful in protecting against blue light, which is why it’s wise to shop at a retailer with plenty of different options to choose from, such as GlassesUSA.com.
Aside from the above, you’ll also want to consider a few factors that are individual to you, such as how long you’ll spend looking at your smartphone while wearing your sunglasses (these emit blue light) and whether you’re likely to be working outdoors or in conditions with a large amount of glare. These will impact how important each of the above is when making your decision.
Last but not least, it’s time to think about the sort of frames you’d prefer. These will have a major impact on the overall appearance of your sunglasses, as well as how durable they’re likely to be. Heavy-duty styles, for example, are often best suited to those who work outdoors, while aviators and so on can be less practical but nonetheless preferred by those who want a style that’s both useful and fashionable. FashionBeans.com has some useful tips to help you pick.
Isn’t it time you took our advice and used it to find your perfect pair of sunglasses?