Sunglasses or shades keep our eyes safe from potential eye injuries and from the sun’s glare, brightness and ultraviolet (UV) rays. But did you know that sunglasses are not one size fits all?
Some sunglasses are made for casual wear or activities; while some are designed for sports and other outdoor activities. So, if you are one to spend a lot time outdoors, you need to use the right pair for what you will be doing. Are you going for a walk or a drive? Then casual fashion sunglasses it is. Do you like running, biking, hiking, golfing or even fishing? Get sports sunglasses.
To keep it simple, we listed down the things you need to consider in choosing your sunglasses:
- Find the right size of sunglasses for your face
Ill-fitting sunglasses are inconvenient and uncomfortable. It also prevents you from seeing clearly, distracting you from your activities. So, make sure to try on your shades and choose one that sits properly on your nose, is lightweight, and fits snugly and comfortably on your face. You shouldn’t be experiencing any indentations on your temples or pinching the sides of your nose.
- Consider polarized lenses
Polarized lenses block glare and light reflections, and make colors appear brighter and more saturated. These are helpful for people who like boating and driving.
Have you seen sunglasses with red-tinted lenses? How about yellow or green-colored ones? Colored lenses are not just for fashion. Instead, these help filter light away from your eyes. The functions and benefits vary, depending on the color. For instance, the green lens is ideal for playing golf and tennis, while gray works well for fishing and driving. Some sunglasses come with an interchangeable lens feature, which allow you to change the lens color based on the activity you are doing.
- Get a pair with UV-400 protection
Protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays. Long-term exposure to these UV rays is linked to development of some eye conditions like pterygium, cataract, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Look for a label that says 100% protection against UVA and UVB, or ask your sunglasses provider to test the lenses through a UV Tester.
- Prescription or non-prescription?
Good news for those wearing prescription eyeglasses! Prescription sunglasses are now available. You can request to have prescription integrated into your lenses, or you can also purchase optical inserts attached to an existing pair. Ask your provider first if the frame you are eyeing is prescription ready/compatible. Asian Eye can put your prescription on your lenses, and offers optical inserts as well as sunglasses with the interchangeable lens feature like Rudy Project.
Do you need help in choosing your sunglasses or are you looking for a particular pair for your sport? Send us a message through the Chatbot, [email protected], or the Asian Eye Facebook Page. You can also visit the Asian Eye Optical Shops – we have clinics in Phinma Plaza, Rockwell Center Makati, Trinoma, Mall of Asia, and Commercenter Alabang. We have also recently launched Asian Eye Vision Center at the R3 Level, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati.