Fashion and function can go together! It is important that you have a great pair of sunglasses that you feel comfortable in and that fits you and your personality. It is also important to have a pair of sunglasses that fully protects your eyes and vision. The sunglasses industry is a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide, and a lot of the sunglasses you see for sale may not necessarily be protecting your eyes. Complete protection is more than just a darkly tinted lens!
So what should you look for in your sunglasses?
- 99 – 100% Protection against both UV-A and UV-B radiation
- 75 – 90% of visible light screened out
- Proper gray for maximum color recognition
- Free of distortion and imperfection
Why do you really need sunglasses?
- UV Protection
UV radiation can cause cataracts, growths or cancers of the eyes and eyelids and photokeratitis.
- Blue-light Protection
Long-term exposure to blue-light has been linked to the development of macular degeneration
Glare and brightness can greatly diminish your ability to perform daily functions such as driving or working in the yard.
- Outdoors Sports and Activities
Proper sunglasses can improve the quality of your experiences outdoors when doing things like fishing, running or playing at the beach. Sunglasses can also provide protection while playing sports like golf or beach volleyball.
Sunglasses Shopping Guide from the American Optometric Association
If you have anymore questions about purchasing sunglasses, please download or print this free sunglasses shopping guide below provided by the American Optometric Association: