It is important to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays not just in the summer months, but all year round. Excessive sun exposure can cause a number of eye related problems including sun burn and increased risk of eye diseases such as cataracts.
Shopping for sunglasses can be fun, but there’s more to it! Here are some tips and factors to consider when looking for the perfect pair of shades:
- Select your style
Start by trying on a range of different styles and colors to see what you like, keeping fit and comfort in mind. With so many shapes, styles and sizes available, it can be hard to narrow down the choices. Determine the look you want to go for – is it professional, causal, classic? Depending on your lifestyle and the look you’re going for, e.g. playing sports vs. high fashion, consider not only the visibility of the glasses, but whether they are durable and can withstand activity. A pair of wraparound sunglasses is best if you play sports, because they’ll stay put while you’re in motion!
- Consider the lens options available
For optimal UV protection, you want sunglasses that are labelled ‘100% UV Protection’ or UV400 that block both UV-A and UV-B rays. Keep in mind that darker lenses don’t necessarily provide more protection from the sun.
If you wear glasses, you may want to consider getting a pair of prescription sunglasses to make switching from glasses to sunglasses a quick and easy transition.
The tint of the lens can affect glare, brightness, and contrast. You want to choose the tint that is most suitable for your particular needs. Sunglass colors tend to range from a neutral gray, brown, or green, as well as variations of their combinations. Gray lenses are usually recommended for driving, while polarized lenses eliminate reflected glare. Transition lenses are glasses and sunglasses in one, and the lenses change with the light. Your optometrist can help you narrow down the selection of lenses based on your needs.
- Regular comprehensive eye exams
To ensure your prescription is up to date it is important to have regular comprehensive eye exams.
Buda Vision Source
At Buda Vision Source, our mission is to provide you with the best quality eye care. Our Optical Service provides high-quality frames and lenses for lifestyle, occupational, and recreational needs for all ages. We have over 900 designer frames to choose from, and we’ll help you find the perfect pair of sunglasses that you’ll love! Come in today or call 512-295-0076 to schedule an eye exam.