There are two main considerations when buying sunglasses: protecting your health and how fashionable they look. When purchasing new sunglasses always make certain that they meet both of these criteria or you probably are making a big mistake in getting a pair of glasses that you most likely won’t be wearing much. If they are left in a drawer and gather dust you’ve just wasted your money.
Frequently Asked Questions You May Be Interested…
1. What about infrared rays?2. How about impact-resistant lenses3. Can UV rays affect my eyes?4. Should athletes need sunglasses for playing sports5. Prevent damage to my eyes
It is important, no matter who you are, to carefully choose sunglasses based on both of these criteria. In terms of health, you need to select sunglasses that will protect your eyes while providing clear vision in all outdoor situations. Never compromise lens tint and decreased contrast for less visual clarity and distortion of color. This means that a good pair of sunglasses need to guard your eyes from the glare of the sun by reducing the contrast but not by overly reducing the field of vision or visual clarity in the process.
It has been known for many years that consistent exposure to the sun’s UV rays can be harmful to your eyes. Sunglasses that are polarized should protect you from these UV rays as well as a more recently discovered phenomenon known as HEVL or High Energy Visible Light.Especially if you ride then you know the importance of combining motorcycles and sunglasses.
UV and HEVL both are particularly important when you depend on eye protection to do your job or as a part of any outdoor recreational activity. Consider the airline pilot whose eyes may be exposed to direct sunlight for the entire duration of a flight. Or the truck driver who may be driving west late in the day and looking into the setting sun. Or the recreational skier or snow-boarder who, in addition to the normal hazards of sunlight, is also confronted with the additional hazard of “snow blindness.” Snow blindness is when bright sunlight is reflected off the sheer white snow surface as if by mirrors. In all these situations the people involved know how important it is to take specific measures to protect their eyes. Even if you do not do any of the things listed above, your eye health is still an issue even if you do not spend that much time in sunlight.
Scientific studies have shown that when you are constantly using your eyes as part of a concentrated effort, such as long distance driving in heavy traffic or skiing or fishing, it takes a tremendous amount of energy to keep processing the massive amounts of information that your eyes are receiving from the environment and sending to your brain. For this reason alone, good sunglasses will allow your eyes to do their job better without fatiguing and requiring more energy to be spent.
Choosing sunglasses that are right for you does not mean that the sunglasses need to look boring and dull but they can also be fashionable and accentuate your style. Sunglasses that can protect your eyes while still being stylish are readily available from the major fashion sunglass and designer manufacturers, including designers such as Oakley, Serengetti, RayBan, Maui Jim, Wiley, and Bolle just to name a few. Some of the fashion sunglass designers have also added features such as built-in Bluetooth so that you can use your MP3 player or your cell phone without taking off your sunglasses. Always make sure the sunglasses that you select are eye-healthy, fashion-conscious and most importantly comfortable. With all the many choices that are available to you today, comfort is critical to achieving full enjoyment of your polarized sunglasses with many years of use.