Sunglasses have always been the favorite go-to accessory. In addition to looking stylish and elevating any outfit, they also protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
That is why it’s important to know what to look for when shopping for sunglasses.
1. UV protection and CE label
The most important thing to keep in mind when picking your new sunglasses is their level of UV protection. The "UV 400" label means that the lenses provide protection from the sun’s rays with a wavelength of up to 400 nanometers, i.e. they completely protect your eyes from UV rays, while the CE mark means that the glasses comply with European safety standards.
2. Lens color
The protective UV layer on the lenses is transparent, so the color of the glasses’ lenses depends solely on your taste. Choose the color that feels most comfortable for your eyes, but make sure that the lenses provide UV protection and aren’t just decorative.
3. Larger frames are a better choice
Oversized frames cover a larger area of your face and help prevent UV rays from entering around the sides of your sunglasses. Not only do they help shield the eyes, but they also protect the skin around the eyes, preventing early appearing wrinkles.
4. Polarized sunglasses
Polarized sunglasses contain a special filter that blocks bright, reflected light and helps you see a sharper and clearer image. Increasing contrast and clarity of vision while reducing glare and eyestrain, they are our #1 choice for most outdoor sports and activities. You can find out more about them at the following link.
5. The price isn’t always a determinant of quality
Sunglasses are often quite costly when it comes to well-known fashion brands. However, experts agree that high price does not necessarily mean better quality. Thanks to efficient production nowadays you can easily find sunglasses that offer high quality lenses with 100% UV protection and polarization at affordable prices.
The results of testing different price ranges of sunglasses at the Division of Laser and Atomic Research and Development at the Rudjer Boskovic Institute show that, when buying expensive sunglasses, we only pay for the brand and we don't in fact get better eye protection.
6. Children's sunglasses
Protecting children’s eyes is just as important as the protection of other parts of the body, especially because children’s eyes are much more sensitive than yours. Harmful UV radiation has a cumulative effect, which means that it accumulates throughout life, so it’s necessary to start implementing protection from early childhood.