Sunglasses might not be the first thing you think of when you start thinking about spring. Maybe it’s just us! But, the truth is, we spend more time outside when the weather warms up, which can lead to more chances of UV damage. So, while you’re out shopping for warm weather clothes, consider swinging by the sunglasses display to find a pair to protect your vision. Before you buy, though, there are a lot of factors to consider, such as:
Do you know what polarized lenses actually do? Many of us don’t! Polarized lenses can help cut down glare when you’re outside in really bright light, so you may love them especially if you like to spend time near rivers, lakes, and the ocean. Polarized lenses don’t mean UV protection, though. If you like polarized lenses, make sure you find a pair of sunglasses that help deflect UV rays with the glare.
Sunglasses that don’t fit on your face will allow UV rays to slip past them and right into your eyes. We’ve all had a pair of sunglasses that didn’t fit, and that annoyed us to no end. Not every pair of sunglasses will be the best for your lifestyle or your face shape. So, make sure you find some sunglasses that fit your face well and are made of sturdy, quality materials. You want to find a pair that you want to wear and feel good in. Bonus points for sunglasses that hug or wrap around your face, which will offer the best protection from the sun.
Long term exposure to UV (ultraviolet) rays can cause damage to your eyes. UV rays can cause early-onset cataracts or other serious issues that impact your vision as you get older. When shopping for a new pair of sunglasses, or evaluating current pairs you own, look for 100% UV protection or try to remember if there was a sticker stating they offered that protection. Ideally, your sunglasses should protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.