A Guide to Picking Sunglasses

May 08, 2014 Olympic Eyewear


Sunglasses are more than just about looking good; they're about functionality, protection, visibility and durability. Sunglasses aren't simply about pairing outfits with the latest designer shade trends. They're about protecting eyes from harmful environmental elements.

  • Protection – UV radiation and excessive sun exposure can result in eye cancer, cataracts and even burns. Sunglasses should offer protection from UVB and UVA rays. Sunglasses should block a minimum of 99% UVB and 95% UVA rays. Sunglasses should have UV protection and not simply be a stylish accessory that doesn't protect eyes from harmful UV rays.
  • Style – Designer wholesale sunglasses are available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. There are several different types of popular sunglasses styles.
    • Mirror Shades – These sunglasses feature a mirror-like coating on the surface. They are often used by law enforcement officials and feature a distinct wraparound or aviator shape.
    • Wayfarer Sunglasses – Made exceptionally popular by Audrey Hepburn's iconic role in "Breakfast at Tiffany's," this distinct style reigned supreme in the 1950s and 1960s and is making an exceptional comeback.
    • Teashades – These styles achieved instant iconic classic thanks to Ozzy Osbourne and John Lennon. These styles are more for fashion and less practical for reducing sun glare.
    • Wraparounds – These are popular choices for athletes and extreme sporting enthusiasts.
    • Oversized – Glamorous and often associated with superstars, models and movie stars, these oversized shades add anonymity and upscale style to any outfit
  • Fit – Sunglasses should properly fit, not pinching the temples or bridge of the nose. The weight should evenly distribute between the nose and ears, while avoiding touching the eyelashes.
  • Color – There are several different colors and tones of sunglasses lenses, all of which are offered by Olympic Eyewear. While some colors are designed to enhance vision and add contrast, others are more of a fashion statement.
    • Gray – This shade of lens does not distort colors and actually helps reduce the intensity of light.
    • Brown – This helps reduce and block blue light, which makes this color choice excellent for bright snow sports and hunting.
    • Amber/Yellow – This shade helps block blue light, but is not advisable for driving.
    • Red/Orange – These hues are excellent for overcast days and snow sports.
    • Violet – This helps improve hunters' visibility against green backgrounds.
    • Copper – These are perfect for golfers, as they help reduce light and make the golf ball more visible.
    • Blue/Green – These are perfect against yellow backgrounds, which make them an excellent choice for tennis sports.
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