Whether you’re hitting the beach in July or the slopes in January, protecting your eyes from the sun is important all year round. Read on to learn how to choose the right sunglasses to suit your hobbies, your needs, and your personal style.

 

How to Choose the Right Sunglasses for You

You can find sunglasses at nearly any clothing store or department store, but sometimes the choices can be overwhelming. Here are some suggestions that will help you select the right pair.

 

Q: How much UV protection do they provide?

Excessive exposure to the sun’s UV rays can lead to a variety of problems down the line, like macular degeneration and cataracts. Look for glasses that protect against both UV-A and UV-B rays. Good sunglasses will list the percent of UV rays they block, so look for ones that are rated UV400 or higher. This rating means that they’ll block 99.9% of UV rays. Sunglasses labeled “cosmetic” won’t offer much protection at all.

 

Q: Is the tint too much?

Polarized glasses can help block a lot of the sun’s glare, which is helpful for driving or walking outside on sunny days. However, some colors of lenses can affect how you see contrasting colors. This can be helpful or harmful depending on the situation. For example, brown lenses are good for skiing and snowboarding while amber or yellow lenses can make color recognition difficult, which can be bad when you’re driving and need to pay attention to stop lights.

 

Q: What are they made of?

If you are looking for rugged glasses that will stand up to a lot of wear and tear during outdoor activities, look for scratch-resistant lenses. For example, polyurethane glasses can live through harsh impacts, and are very flexible.

 

Q: Do they make you look fabulous?

Of course, eye protection is key, but you want it to look good on you as well! Usually, you want to look for glasses that contrast the shape of your face. For example, if you have a rounder face, angular frames will probably look best on you. Try out a few pairs, and pick a color that goes with everything!

 

Explore our Line of Eyeglasses

In addition to comprehensive eye care, Michigan Eye Institute offers an array of prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses.

Step into one of our eye care centers in Flint, Lapeer, Oxford, Fenton, or Grand Blanc to explore our eyeglass frames and learn more about how to choose the right sunglasses for you.