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Sunglasses Shopping: Top 5 things to look for

Summer’s coming to an end, but protecting your eyes shouldn’t! Here’s a quick rundown of the top 5 things to look for while shopping for your fashionable and functional sunglasses.

Ray-Ban Aviator Polarized RB3025-08

Polarized Ray-Ban Aviators

Top 5 things to look for when shopping for sunglasses:

1. UV Protection – Simply put, sunglasses are the equivalent to sunscreen for your eyes. By wearing sunglasses, you are reducing the chance of developing cataracts and macular degeneration – both of which are the leading cause of vision loss in Americans over 65. Always check the UV designation amount to be 400 or greater as more expensive sunglasses don’t necessarily mean more UV protection!

2. Polarized Lenses – When purchasing sunglasses, there are two types of lenses, polarized and tinted (non-polarized) lenses. Tinted lenses simply reduce the brightness by darkening the lens. Although both types provide UV protection, tinted lenses do not come close to the protection and glare reduction of polarized lenses. The major benefit of polarized lenses is that it blocks certain reflections such as those on water and other glares.

3. Optical Quality – While most lenses protect your eyes from UV light, optical quality determines how sharp your vision will be. Generally, fashion sunglasses will have lower optical quality than sport sunglasses, 580nm vs 400nm (standard). Fisherman typically have 580nm lenses as they provide better clarity when looking at water.

4. Lens Material – Most sunglasses lenses are now made of plastic which provides lesser vision quality compared to glass lenses. Traditionally, polarized lenses are made from glass and are a lot more durable than plastic lenses.

5. Lens Color – The most common lens colors are shades of gray and brown. Rarely do they come in green such as the original Ray-Ban Aviators worn by fighter pilots. Polarized gray or brown sunglasses are the best choice for almost everyone.

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