Aside from the numerous fashion considerations, which we covered in our post on summer eyewear trends for 2011, when you’re looking for a pair of designer sunglasses this summer, you also want to make sure they will keep you safe. Here are a few factors to consider:
1) Polarization – Polarized sunglasses are good for driving, skiing, fishing, any scenario where you have a lot of light bouncing off of flat surfaces like water or snow.
2) Tint – You can get sunglasses tinted in any color that you prefer, it doesn’t have to be a dark, gloomy hue, in order to offer you protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
3) Photochromic – These lenses get lighter and darker depending on how much sunlight you’re being exposed to. The advantage of going with this option is that your everyday wear glasses can double as your sunglasses, but for those who love to accessorize, that might be more limiting than refreshing.
4) Impact resistance – The Food and Drug Administration requires that all sunglasses be able to survive at least some minimal impact. But if you want to shield your eyes from the sun while playing sports, you’ll need special protective sunglasses with greater impact resistance.
Sunglasses help protect against cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, so it’s imperative that you consider the factors listed above and think beyond the fashion implications of your eyewear. And in case you were wondering, even with the best sunglasses, looking directly at the sun can scorch your corneas so don’t give in to your curiosity. Happy Fourth of July and happy sunglasses shopping!