When it comes to eyewear, everyone will be rocking a stylish pair of sunglasses this summer – no matter what the north-east weather has in store for us.
And with hundreds of styles available on the high street, there’s a pair of shades to suit everyone.
Whether it’s for the fashion conscious, for sports, or simply for everyday use – sunglasses are a must in everyone’s wardrobe.
Lead dispensing optician and sunglasses expert Rae Morrison at Duncan and Todd Group, offers her top tips to make sure your sunglasses flatter and protect your eyes.
The best of British
The benefit to buying sunglasses in the UK is you are guaranteed 100% UV protection no matter cost or brand thanks to it being a British Standard. Although it may be tempting to pick up a cheap pair, not all of these will have a certification mark (CE), which could mean there is no protection at all.
What many people don’t consider is reflected light which enters through the sides and back of the glasses. The only way to prevent reflected light is to have an anti-reflective coating which can eliminate more than 90% of UV rays.
Top tip: Buy your sunglasses before you go abroad and consider coated lenses for optimum protection.
Frame your face
Opt for for a large frame which covers much more of the eye area. For the ultimate protection, a close-fitting frame will be your best friend.
Consider a sportier brand which tends to feature a more wrapped appearance. The wrapped frame fits snugly against the face and protects sunlight from coming in the side..
Top tip: The better your glasses fit, the more protection you have. Performance brands such as Oakley are hugely popular among athletes for this reason.
The colour of a tint is all about enhancing your vision. Wearing glasses which have an orange or amber tint enhances the contrast between colours. If you’re a keen golfer, these glasses will help highlight the white ball against the green landscape.
An all-rounder would be neutral grey tints which treat all colours the same. A standard tint features a dyed lens. These glasses will of course, have your UV block and various levels of dark tints to optimise comfort depending on your tolerance to bright light. Polarised lenses are hugely popular with drivers, and they’re great for reducing glare, especially if there’s water on the roads. Polarised lenses were originally marketed for fisherman due to reducing sea reflection, so these special specs are perfect if you’re on a cruise or relaxing on a beach.
Mirror tints are ideal for those who like to ski. They will help reduce glare and reflect light away. Although the mirror itself won’t necessarily make anything darker, you can add darker tints behind it to make it more comfortable.
Top tip: Pick a tint that will benefit lifestyle.
Invest in your vision
The materials and fit of cheaper products do not always last or fit as well, and looking after your eyesight is an investment. A high-quality pair of lenses should block out 100% of UV rays, offer lasting durability, and provide perfect optical clarity.