Choose The Best Sunglasses For You

by Glenna Garcia on May 21, 2012


Have you ever wondered what the different terms mean exactly when talking to someone that really ‘knows’ their sunglasses? Like, do the different colored lens’ really make a difference? What about the UV rating? Are metal sunglasses better than plastic? There is so much to consider when you choose the best sunglasses for you.  Some things will simply be a matter of your own comfort and means…like the price.  But some things you will want to be aware of and be sure you are looking out for no matter what kind of sunglasses you select or even where you get them from.  Take for example the UV rating. You need to be sure that the sunglasses you choose have UVB protection.  Yes, UVA is important as well, but it’s the UVB rays that will damage your eyes so you want to get a pair of sunglasses that protects you from both.

You will want to check out the full article we found on REI’s website that give’s some really great information about the different aspects that make up a good pair of sunglasses.

Choose The Best Sunglasses For You

Lens Color (Tint)

All sunglass lenses are tinted to cut down on overall brightness and enhance terrain definition. But your choice of tint colors affect your vision by influencing 1) how much visible light reaches your eyes, 2) how well you see other colors, and 3) how well you see contrasts.

  • Brown/gray/green—Brown, gray and green lenses are color-neutral, which means they cut down on overall brightness without distorting colors. These darker shades are intended primarily to cut through the glare and reduce eyestrain in moderate-to-bright conditions.
  • Yellow/gold/amber—Yellow, gold and amber lenses provide less overall brightness protection, but excel in moderate-to-low level light conditions. They provide excellent depth perception, which makes them perfect for skiing, snowboarding and other snow sports. They also enhance contrasts in tricky, flat-light conditions.
  • Rose/vermilion—Rose- and vermilion-colored glasses really do make the world seem brighter. They provide excellent low-light visibility and enhance contrast (perfect for skiing and snowboarding in cloudy conditions). They also enhance the visibility of objects against blue and green backgrounds, which makes them ideal for driving or exploring in forested areas.
  • Mirrored or flash coating—This refers to a reflective film applied to the outside surfaces of some sunglass lenses. They reduce glare by reflecting much of the light that hits the lens surface. Mirrored coatings make objects appear darker than they are, so lighter tints are often used to compensate for this.  (Full article here)

When it’s time to choose the best sunglasses for you, the information above and in the full article can really help you.  Yes, some items like brand names, shape and cost are totally up to you as an individual, but knowing what you are actually paying for is always smart to know.  Do you have a brand or style of sunglasses that you would swear by and stick to no matter what? Let us know – either in the comments section below or on our Facebook page. Thanks!

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