Wrap-around, aviators, square or round frames – we often view sunglasses as a fashion item; something to make us look good, stylish and smart. However, sunglasses are one of the most important components of good eye health practices.
For a long time, sunglasses have been plain with their primary function being to protect us from UV light. However, as technology and fashion take the upper hand, prescription sunglasses now include the corrective prescription option allowing you to look stylish and see clearly at the same time.
Here are other helpful vision care tips to help you choose the right pair of sunglasses.
Range of application
When investing in new prescription sunglasses, a very important factor to consider is the range of application. This can differ from person to person. One of the questions that you need to ask yourself is; for what purpose do I need the sunglasses for? A professional will opt for a more professional yet classy look. one that caters for both style and UV protection.
Style and design is important but your primary concern when selecting prescription glasses should be; choosing one with lenses that shield 100% of the sun’s dangerous UV rays. Note that, UV protection has nothing to do with the density and color of the tint in the glass lenses (not even in prescription glasses) and the best way to ascertain UV protection effectiveness is by taking it to an optician for verification.
If for some reasons you cannot get an optician to verify the UV protection aspect, kindly ensure that you check the tag/sticker for any indications of the level of UVA/UVB protection.
UV rays are categorized into three i.e. UVA, UVB and UVC and good sunglasses should be able to protect your eyes from all three.
Polarized lenses: Most people fancy sunglasses with polarized lenses that minimize glare. A good pair of sunglasses is the one that has a combination of polarized lenses and UVB & UVA protection. However, most people usually think that polarized lenses mean total protection from UV rays which is not true. Polarized lenses do not protect against UVB or UVA rays unless it has been specifically indicated on the sticker. Ensure that you check the sticker/tag carefully.
Polycarbonate lens: This lens is known to be 10 times more durable than both plastic and glass lenses. It is the ideal sunglass lens for those guys who are a bit rough. They are also relatively lighter making them comfortable to wear. Combine this with 100% UVB and UVA protection and you have one hell of a sunglass
For those guys with diabetic retinopathy or macular degeneration, it is advisable that they choose brown or amber lenses. These colors are known to improve contrast, which in turn improves your vision.
Tip: If for nothing else, your sunglass lenses should contain an effective anti-reflective coating. You see, reflection caused by sunglasses can be quite distracting when working on a computer, driving or when outdoors in the sunshine.
This is another important factor that should be considered when selecting prescription glasses. The more customized the sunglasses are to the wearer, the higher the results that can be realized in regards to the wearer tolerance, wearing properties and quality of vision. This concept is the same with wearing a tailor-made suit that has been tailored according to your exact measurements as compared to buying a ready-made suit. You can learn here about the difference between made to measure and bespoke.
Modern technology such as ZEISS Individual 2 Progressive Lenses, i.Scription and ZEISS vision analysis all play a significant role towards producing your new customized sunglasses.
In conclusion, sunglasses just like putting on sunscreen or brushing your teeth should be part of your normal routine activities. Observing eye health practices can prevent eye injury, diseases and sunburn.
The above tips will by and large help you to choose the right pair of women’s sunglasses for your eyes.