Sunglasses – The Complete Buying Guide

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TYPES/STYLES

LENSES

The lens is the most important part of the sunglass. This is because it resists the glare from the sun and helps to protect your eyes from UV rays.

Lens type:

Clear: It is a very inexpensive option that is used by companies that produce sunglasses in bulk. It is made of plastic. The only advantage of this lens is that it is very inexpensive. It does, however, let a lot of light in and it’s not UV protective. The latter is important to remember since none of my lenses allowed the sun to be too bright on my eyes. This type of lens is not ideal for activities like skiing, where circumstances do not allow a lot of light to filter through.

It is a very inexpensive option that is used by companies that produce sunglasses in bulk. It is made of plastic. The only advantage of this lens is that it is very inexpensive. It does, however, let a lot of light in and it’s not UV protective. The latter is important to remember since none of my lenses allowed the sun to be too bright on my eyes. This type of lens is not ideal for activities like skiing, where circumstances do not allow a lot of light to filter through. Blue: The blue lens has a tint that is orange on the outside and blue on the inside. It is an ideal option for all weather conditions. Unlike clear lenses, it is UV safe.

Lens Material

The first thing you should look for in any pair of sunglasses are polarized lenses, which block bright skies and reflected light. Picking the right lens color can be tricky.

Reflective from the sun’s rays.

UV Protected

As the name suggests, these glasses are designed to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

Lens Tints and Gradients

The lens tints are basically the color of the tint or the shade of the lens. It is commonly understood that the darker the lens tint, the more protection against UV rays it offers.

Most lens tints are made of several different tints of different density to provide protection against uv rays and glares from the sun and sky. This is why it is important to know if your lenses are polarized.

Polarized lenses filter out more glare than untinted lenses. These lenses reduce light reflections off the road, the water, and the sky. This significantly reduces the visual distortion caused by bright light reflected off shiny surfaces and can help reduce the risk of eye fatigue.

This level of clarity is achieved, typically, by a single polarized lens. However, high-end sunglasses come with polarized lenses in each pair. The most common tints are brown, grey, green, and blue. Brown and grey lenses are most frequently available, while the green and blue lenses are gem en vogue.

SIZING GUIDE

To get the most from your sunglasses purchase, you must wear them with the right fit. Always opt for one size larger than your normal size. The reason for this is to allow your sunglasses to rest on your face properly. The most common mistake that most people make is trying on the sunglasses too short. This leads to discomfort and inability to wear them for long.

Judging the fit of your sunglasses is pretty simple. While wearing them, raise your head slightly; the sunglasses should be able to stay on your face without being held. The size is rarely indicated on a pair of sunglasses but generally, most sunglasses are available in 55mm to 65mm width. The lenses are usually 14mm to 17mm in height and the bridge width is generally 20mm. The size you choose depends on the shape of your face.

Taking Measurements

Before your start looking at sunglasses, it is important that you find out your most accurate PD (pupillary distance) measurement. Basically, your PD is x inches away from your pupils.

This is important because not everyone’s PD is the same. If you fail to get a measurement, or do not take one correctly, you could end up with glasses that sit too high or too low on your face. Not only is this not ideal, but it makes the glasses look funny as well.

Here's how to take the measurement:

First, remove your glasses and look in the mirror.

Make sure that you’re not wearing your glasses.

If you are wearing your glasses, place a frame on top of your glasses. A ruler across the frame will help you take the measurement.

Hold your ruler in front of your eye, so that the end rests on your pupil. The measurement should appear where the ruler drops.

FACE TYPES

HAIR AND SKIN COLOR

Because light affects how your skin and hair looks, it’s important that the sunglasses you choose match your skin and hair color as well as your eye color.

For blondes, glasses made out of reflective material will create a natural highlight, which will make their hair look more golden.

For people with black hair, glasses made from opaque material tends to make dark hair looks lighter. Tan skin tends to look more tanned with glasses which contain black colors.

For brown-eyed people, you can go with any colors.

When you’re purchasing sunglasses, you need to make sure that they not only match the tone but also complement your face shape.

COMFORT

Look over the glasses carefully to make sure the fit is correct. Make sure the temples are adjusted to the width of your head, and make sure there’s no extra space in the earpieces. This will make sure the glasses don’t fall off your face.

You should have a good amount of room to comfortably open and close your mouth. You should also be able to blink while wearing the sunglasses. When you’re trying on the glasses, just make sure you’ll be comfortable wearing them for a few hours…in a variety of situations. If the glasses pinch your nose, touch your ears, etc., there will come a time when you’ll wish you had bought better shades.

Cheap Vs Expensive

When choosing new sunglasses, you may wonder if the more expensive sunglasses are always the best.

Worry not. It boils down to the manufacturer and if they have designed the sunglasses with protection at the forefront. But if it’s just a marketing strategy, just a way to sell inferior sunglasses at a higher price, then you’ll end up with cheap sunglasses.

Sunglasses are designed to protect our eyes, especially when we live in brightly lit, sunny areas that causes the UV rays to drastically increase. Wearing sunglasses are an effective way to protect our eyes from the harmful UV rays.

Lighthearted as they may seem, sunglasses are an essential part of your package that keeps you safe when you go out.