Sunglasses are an easy way to spruce up your image; they’re actually important for your eyes, too. Here’s why you should shell out on a good pair of shades.
You’re not fully dressed without a stylish pair of sunglasses that suits your look. And these come in all shapes, sizes and styles — from sleek aviators and funky rose-tinted lenses to patterned acetate frames reminiscent of the 1950s and 1960s. Style aside, choosing a good pair of sunglasses with full ultraviolet (UV) protection matters. As dark lenses cause your pupil to dilate, wearing a pair of sunglasses without UV protection may expose them to more, instead of less, harmful rays. Instead of buying numerous inexpensive pairs — that lack protection — so that there will always be something to match your outfit, invest in a proper one that comes with the right type of protection.
A good pair of sunglasses will provide you with UV and blue-light protection, comfortable vision, the right fit, and prevent diseases such as cataracts and skin cancer. There are also a variety of lenses to suit your lifestyle. For example, polarised lenses help to reduce the glare from the sun or reflection from shiny surfaces, while wrap-around lenses block out light and glare from the front and side.
While most glasses you see are black or grey, which are common as they provide mostly true colour perception, there are other colours — such as yellow and mirror lenses — that can help if your vision is blurred by fog, haze and so on. If you are a fashionista and would like to accessorise with the latest in sunglasses, note that tinted sunglasses are back in a big way for 2017. These come with whimsical frames that are sometimes too small for oversized lenses. Also, in are frames with triangular accents on the corner, which lends a graphic appeal.
4 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING SUNGLASSES
#1 MAKE SURE IT FITS
Sunglasses aren’t one-size-fits-all accessories. The frame size matters, as you don’t want your glasses constantly slipping off your face. Your ideal frame size should mirror the size of your face (if you have a small face, opt for a smaller frame). Ask your optician to help fit a pair on for you if you’re unsure. And don’t mistake the size of the frame for the lens coverage your glasses will provide. Oversized shades can fit small faces, too, and vice versa.
#2 LET YOUR FACE SHAPE GUIDE YOU
The shape of your face will determine which style looks best on you. Head to a retail store and try on several pairs to decide which you feel works best for you.
#3 GET PROTECTED
It’s not enough to have your sunglasses sport the UV-protected sticker. Check with a certified optician that the lenses provide protection from at least 99% of UVB rays and at least 95% of UVA rays.
#4 SKIP THE COSMETIC SUNGLASSES
They may make you look fashionable, but provide no benefit for your eyes. Look out for a sturdy lens that is scratch-resistant. You don’t want to be constantly replacing your sunglasses.