No matter where you live, sunglasses are not only stylish, but they also protect your eyes from the potentially harmful rays of the sun. Eye care professionals recommend that everyone wear them to decrease the chances of eye problems. Men's sunglasses come in many different shapes, styles, colors, and sizes.
How do you choose the right men's sunglasses?
When it comes to shopping for sun-protective eyewear, you will want to determine what looks and feels good for you. You also need to consider how active your lifestyle is and under what circumstances you intend to use them. Follow these tips and considerations when making your selection:
- UV protection: UV protection helps you see better and protects you from eye damage. You should look for as close to 100% UV protection as possible, including both UVB and UVA rays.
- Frame size: Your sunglasses should be similar to your face size. Look for labels stating bridge size, eye size, and temple size.
- Frame material: Your frame material will determine how safe, functional, and comfortable your pair of sunglasses is. Metal frames resist corrosion and are adjustable. Nylon frames are good for active people and those who play sports as they are durable. Titanium is generally used to craft high-end sunglasses and is durable and scratch resistant. You can also find frames made from polycarbonate, acetate, and plastic.
- Lens material: Several options exist for lens materials. Optical glass is a good all-around choice as it is durable and scratch resistant. Polycarbonate is good if you are an active individual.
- Lens tints and coatings: Different lens colors do not affect the UV protection they offer. These colors produce different looks and cause your eyes to have different reactions in different lighting conditions. Gray or green tints are a good general choice as they are neutral and cut down on light intensity without changing the colors that you see.
- Lens technology: Lenses can be specialized in order to create or avoid certain effects. Polarized lenses cut down on reflective glare. Photochromic lenses change automatically into sunglass lenses. Gradient lenses work well for driving. Double gradient lenses are ideal for water sports.
How do you care for your men's sunglasses?
In general, store them in a hard case to protect them from getting lost or damaged. You should also avoid using your fingertips on the lenses and clean them with a soft cloth and lens cleaner if they become dirty.