Have you ever chosen sunglasses based only on how good they look on you? If yes, then you have made a big mistake. Choosing the wrong sunglasses can seriously threaten your eye health and there is much more.
What problems can wrong sunglasses cause?
- Cannot filter harmful rays
- Worsen existing eye disorders
- May cause allergic reactions where it comes into contact with your skin
- Distort your depth perception
- May slow reflexes
- May increase the risk of accidents when driving and using tools
- Create a feeling of discomfort
The 3 key points to check in sunglasses
Every feature of the sunglasses, from the frame to the lens color, should adapt to you and facilitate vision, our most important sense. There are 3 key features you should pay attention to in order to find the right option. These are UV protection, lens quality and material.
1- UV (Ultraviolet) protection
The most important feature to consider when buying sunglasses is the ability of the lenses to filter ultraviolet rays. Normally, each lens can block ultraviolet at different rates, but special coatings should be used for effective ultraviolet blocking. The UVA and UVB blocking levels of the sunglasses should be checked, and lenses that can block UV over 99 percent (ideally 100 percent blocking) should be preferred.
A pair of sunglasses with the ‘UV 400’ label, which blocks both UVA and UVB rays, will help keep both your eyes and the sensitive skin around your eyes healthy, and in addition to this, it will provide you with a comfortable vision.
2- Lens Color
All sunglass lenses are tinted to create depth perception, cut brightness and improve clarity in vision. While the choice of R depends on personal taste, keep in mind that your preference will affect your vision. This color determines how much light reaches your eyes, how well you can see other colors, and how well you can pick out contrasts.
- Brown, gray, green: Sunglasses with lenses in these colors block glare and reduce eye strain. These colors are suitable for both intense sun and everyday wear. Green lenses cause the colors of objects to be perceived slightly different from normal, but they are restful for the eyes. Green colored lenses are also more suitable for use in low sun environments, so you can choose them for spring or sunny winter days.
- Yellow, gold, light brown: Ideal for medium to low light conditions. These glasses offer a high level of depth perception and provide superior performance, especially when skiing, snowboarding or other winter sports.
- Pink, red: They make the environment appear brighter. They perform well in terms of low light visibility and contrast enhancement. These colors can be preferred in cloudy weather conditions and for winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. In addition, they increase the visibility of objects against blue and green backgrounds, making them more suitable for use in green areas (e.g. in the forest).
- Mirrored lenses: Mirrored lenses have become very popular in recent years. Mirrored sunglasses, which have a reflective film applied to the outer surface of the lens so that more light is reflected and less is transmitted to the eye, make objects appear darker than they actually are and are generally suitable for sandy, watery, snowy and high altitude conditions. For this reason, they should not be worn while driving.
Lens and Frame Material
The lens and frame material of the glasses affect your budget, comfort and skin health. Glasses with glass lenses are much more resistant to scratches, while glasses with polycarbonate lenses are more resistant to breakage. Sunglasses with polycarbonate lenses should always be stored in a molded case to prevent scratches.
Your frame should preferably be made of a lighter material with a low allergy potential. Too heavy sunglasses can create a curvature in the nose over time in people who wear them continuously by creating weight on the nasal bone. Apart from the frame materials, it is also very important that the sunglasses fit your face. For this reason, you should choose sunglasses with the appropriate size and frame shape.