Sunglasses have been around since before recorded history. They are not only for sun protection anymore.
Sunglasses are fashionable and many people wear them for an added fashion statement. They have become so popular in recent years because people want something different than the usual spectacles wearers are used to wearing. Nowadays, sunglasses are available in all shapes, sizes, and colors and people are more accustomed to wearing sunglasses than they are in the past.
The biggest myth is that all sunglasses are polarized, which they aren’t. Polarized lenses block some of the sunlight and make it less damaging to your eyes. However, the polarized sunglasses you see most often (ie: the tennis shoe sunglasses) actually don’t give you any kind of UV protection at all. Sunglasses with polarized lenses are good for blocking out the sunlight, but they do nothing to protect your eyes from damaging UV rays. So if you’re looking at tennis shoe style sunglasses, realize they offer no UV protection and should be avoided wherever possible.
Higher quality face size
Another popular myth is that it’s better to buy a new pair of frames than it is to replace the lenses. New sunglasses are more expensive, but the lenses are not. The lenses are made to wear for several years. You don’t want to tear them on the first year, and then have to buy new ones, so avoid replacing your lenses until you absolutely have to. If you absolutely need a new pair of frames, go for something with a higher quality face size and a higher frame size.
Pay attention to the materials
One last thing that can get misconstrued is the idea that thinner lens reflectors will help you see better. In fact, thin lens materials will make your eyesight worse. Sunglasses with thicker lens materials will in fact increase your chance of having problems with nearsightedness or farsightedness. This means that the lens you choose is critical, as the difference between a good pair of glasses and the worst ones could be as small as a few Ds. So pay attention to the materials and shape of your shades before you buy them, or your doctor might tell you that your eyesight is not good enough to wear the glasses.
Consider the shape and color
When choosing which pair of sunglasses to buy, there are many factors to consider aside from the shape and color of the sunglass. First, consider the time of day when you plan to wear your shades because the UV rays change at different times of the day. Secondly, consider the shape and color of the sun’s rays that come into your area, as well as the other conditions around you, as the sunglasses will also block some of these UV rays.