Picking the Right Sunglasses

Mar 15, 2013 Olympic Eyewear


Sunglasses are the epitome of accessorized style. They can lend an iconic look to any outfit – consider Audrey Hepburn's timeless style, James Dean's surly mysterious finesse or Bono's hip, trendy edginess. Not only are sunglasses the must-have season accessory, they are also necessary for helping protect one's eye health.

How does someone select what types of sunglasses are right for him or her? This detailed guide by Olympic Eyewear lends light on this fascinating subject.

Everyone knows how the sun's rays can damage delicate skin tissue; however, most people overlook that UV radiation dramatically increases the chances of developing cataracts and macular degeneration. Other UV-related damage includes pingueculum and pterygium. The former is when yellowish tissue develops in the whites of the eyes and the latter is when the whites of the eye grow directly into the cornea.

Sunlight bounces directly off reflective surfaces, including water, snow, pavement and sand. Additionally, photokeratitis is defined as corneal sunburn, also known as snow blindness. Snow sports enthusiasts, including snowboarders and skiers, are especially prone to developing this eye condition. This condition is, in fact, painful and causes tiny blisters to develop on the surface of the eye's cornea.

Sunglasses can help shield the eye's fragile tissues from damaging UV rays. Sunglasses, just like sunscreen, can be worn year-round whenever people are outdoors. Even on overcast days, people can develop sunburns, which means one's baby blues are also compromised in cloudy conditions.

While UV eye damage is considered cumulative over one's lifetime, it is important to start wearing sunglasses early in life. Children's eyes are especially vulnerable, as they are still developing. Experts recommend the following:

  • Select sunglasses that block between 99-percent to 100-percent of damaging UVA and UVB rays.
  • Lenses should meet ANSI Z80.3 blocking requirements, as set by the American National Standards Institute.
  • UV 400 protection helps shield eyes from tiny UV rays.

Selecting the proper lenses hue is also important, as certain colors can make driving difficult and actually distort colors. Consider opting for gray, brown and green lenses, as these minimize most color distortions.

Polarized lenses dramatically reduce glare and reflected sunlight. These are excellent options for people that participate in water sports, such as boaters, water skiers and anglers. However, these do make it extremely difficult to read technology screens, including GPS devices, telephones or even ATM machines.

Olympic Eyewear specializes in wholesale designer sunglasses and offer a wide selection of Biohazard sunglasses, DG sunglasses, Locs sunglasses, VG sunglasses, Wayfarer sunglasses and X-Loop sunglasses.

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