Cut Through Marketing Noise & Find The Perfect Sunglasses For You
Estimated read time: 15 mins
Shopping for sunglasses can be a confusing process. Not only do you have to worry about finding the right style that looks best on you, but you also have to worry about whether or not those frames will work well for your lifestyle. And then there's the lenses... Do you get them polarized or non-polarized? Photochromic? What kind of coatings do you look for? Hydrophobic or hydrophilic anti-fog? Anti-glare? What about Revo coating? Mirrored or flash mirrored? Are there pros and cons to each? The amount of options alone is enough to make your head swim.
On top of that every brand is quick to tell you that what they are offering is the best. With so much noise out there, it's hard to determine what is just marketing fluff and what is actually and important useful feature.
We're here to help you cut through the noise. In this comprehensive guide we'll dive deep into sunglasses, the different options, and the pros and cons of each.
By the end you'll have everything you need to choose the perfect pair of sunglasses.
SUNGLASS LENS MUST HAVES
To start, it's important to go over what your sunglasses must have. This is NON-NEGOTIABLE.
- 100% UVA/UVB protection
2. 100% UV 400 protection
We go over the differences between the 2 in more depth here. UVA and UVB rays have been found to cause eye damage. If your sunglasses don't offer either 100% UVA/UVB or UV 400 protection, then you're going to end up doing more harm than good.
Think of it this way. When you put on a pair of sunglasses, less light is reaching your eyes. To offset this, your pupils will dilate which allows more sunlight to enter. More light entering your eyes means that more UVA/UVB rays will now be entering as well. If your sunglasses don't offer 100% protection against these UV rays, then you are increasing the amount of damage that is occurring.
It also doesn't matter how dark your lenses are, if you don't have the right UV protection, you're still in trouble. In fact, super dark lenses without UV blocking are even MORE dangerous. The darker the lenses, the more your pupils dilate to increase light, which means more harmful UVA/UVB rays will enter your eyes - further increasing damage.