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How to choose sunglasses

29 March 2014 / 15:03:50  GRReporter
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If you do not have sunglasses, it is worth paying a little more money in order to get a better pair, since it is not a matter of fashion, but of eye protection. You can choose sunglasses according to your style, as long as you do not buy glasses with poor lens quality which will cause you problems rather than be good for you.

Choose your glasses from specialized opticians, and do not opt for cost-effective solutions which will turn out to be much more expensive. Remember that good sunglasses are always fashionable.

If you want some advice, do not invest in glasses with bright frames which will soon bore you and you will have to spend money again. A classic choice will match your style and never let you down. The following tips will facilitate your choice and you will spend the summer without wrinkles around your eyes.

1. Protection

Exposure to UV rays can cause a lot of problems to your eyes - cataracts, burns and even cancer. In order to avoid these, make sure that your sun glasses have at least 99% UVB protection and at least 90% UVA protection.

Do not buy glasses from non-specialized places and do not wear glasses without information about the protection they provide.

2. Aesthetics and style

The market offers a huge selection and a wide range of designs which makes choosing the perfect style difficult. Some of the most popular styles include the following:

  • Mirrored Sunglasses – they are ideal for high altitudes, since they have a greater ability to block sunlight in comparison to ordinary glasses. They are popular because of their wide use in the American police forces.
  • Aviators – these glasses with tear-shaped lenses are associated with their use in the American aviation, military and security sectors. They match most face shapes, but mostly oval faces.
  • Wayfarers – they were most popular in the 1950s and 1960s, and were considered advanced because of their plastic frames. Along with the “aviators”, they are considered the most successful designs in the history of sunglasses and in recent years they have become fashionable again with new designs and sizes.
  • Teashades – these are the glasses of John Lennon and Ozzy Osbourne. Because of their size, they do not offer the best protection, but are related to the hippy movement.
  • Glasses, embracing the face – they are worn mainly by athletes and people doing extreme sports.
  • Oversized – they became fashionable in the 1970's when Jackie Onassis started wearing them.
  • • Whatever shape you choose, the sunglasses should fit your head and not touch the eyelashes.

3. The colour of the glass

It should not be influenced by fashion trends, but depend on the extent of contrast and colour differentiation you need. Some lenses focus on the contrast of colours, and not the differentiation, which can be a problem, especially when you drive and need to distinguish red and green, for example.

Grey lenses reduce light intensity, which is the most desired thing without changing colours or contrast.

Brown lenses enhance contrast partially blocking the blue light and are therefore ideal for winter sports.

Yellow lenses significantly enhance contrast, almost completely blocking the blue light and are therefore used by hunters and skiers, but are not recommended for driving or any other activity that requires distinguishing colours.

Red lenses are good for winter sports, but only for cloudy days.

Those who play golf choose lenses with bronze colour and tennis players prefer blue or green lenses in order to distinguish the yellow ball.

4. The material of lenses

Glasses made of polyurethane are very durable, flexible, and lightweight and provide clarity of vision, but they are quite expensive. The glass lens is heavier and more expensive, but it is also more dangerous if the glass breaks while wearing the glasses.

Polycarbonate lenses are less resistant to abrasion and less "clear" in terms of visibility, but obviously more economical. Acrylic lenses are also economical, but also the most durable of all other types.

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