Quality sunglasses with UV protection are the perfect way to keep your eyes healthy and protect from the sun’s harmful rays. Sacrificing on quality when it comes to purchasing sunglasses can lead to reduced protection from the sun – which ultimately can cause lasting damage to your eyes.
Sunglasses not only cut down on bright sunlight that can make it hard to see when working or playing outside, but they also should block 100% of the UVA and UVB light that reaches your eyes. Without quality sunglasses, which may not provide adequate UV protection, your eyes can quickly develop photokeratitis – a painful “sunburn” on the outer surfaces of the eye. Long term exposure to the sun without quality sunglasses can cause serious damage, including multiple types of eye cancers. If you work outside or are regularly exposed to UV rays without the protection of a good quality pair of sunglasses, you could be putting your eyes at risk.
Another concern is the quality of lens. There are a lot of UV protected sunglasses made with cheap quality plastics that show waves, distortions and poor color transmission. You are usually harder on your sunglasses than regular ones, so keep this in mind when choosing the type of frame and material. Designer sunglasses are meant to last as opposed to inexpensive store brand sunglasses.
When shopping for sunglasses, make sure you go to an optometrist’s office with experienced opticians. They can find the correct color and glare protection for different activities. Skiing and water activities require much different lens colors and glare protection. Pilots should not wear polarized sunglasses because it can distort their instrument panel.
Luckily, modern sunglasses from quality manufacturers provide excellent protection combined with the latest fashions. Here are some of our recommended manufacturers to consider when shopping for sunglasses:
- Oakley – Often considered the best sunglasses for outdoor sports, Oakley shades are made from high quality composites and are extremely durable. Oakley’s exciting wrap-around styles provide excellent protection from the sun and are the perfect fit for an active lifestyle.
- Maui Jim – Classic styles from Maui Jim look great on men and women, with fashion lenses and metal frames. Authentic Maui Jim sunglass lenses are made with 9 layers of protection and meant to give clarity while driving or near water. If you worry about breaking your sunglasses, try the Mauiflex line, which are made from a unique alloy that bends but does not break.
- Spy+ – A youthful sunglasses brand, Spy brings combines cutting-edge fashion and quality materials – not to mention excellent UV protection. If you’re looking to stand out from the crowd, try one of their fun patterns or colors, without having to worry about the sun’s harmful rays. Spy+ boasts the “happy lens” which they state you feel happier wearing these sunglasses because of the specific wavelengths of light allowed through the lens. Check out our facebook page to watch the “happy lens” video.
- Ray-Ban – The gold standard in sunglasses for almost 80 years, Ray-Ban offers excellent quality shades in trend-setting styles. The popular Wayfarer and Aviator sunglasses, popularized by Ray-Ban, are now considered classics – often imitated, but never duplicated in quality or style.