Not all sunglasses are created equal, and you can’t use price as a gauge of quality, as many of the higher priced brands cost more because of fashion, not function. Therefore, when choosing a pair of sunnies, look out for the following:
- Avoid sunglasses that simply say “absorbs UV,” instead look for a label that says 99-100 % UV absorption or UV 400 (which means it blocks all UVA and UVB rays)
- Polarized lenses help cut glare allowing for crisper vision, but they do not add sun protection
- Darker lens colors don’t necessarily mean better sun protection.
- Sunglasses made from pressed plastic will lead to distorted vision when you look to the right or left; therefore choose sunglasses with optically ground lenses for less distortion
- Larger frames and wraparound styles will shield more UV rays than smaller styles, as will close fitting glasses