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How To Find The Right Sunglasses

How To Find The Right Sunglasses

Protecting our eyes from the sun is one of the most important things you can do for your eye health. Overexposure to UV rays can harm your eyes and cause long term issues. This is why it’s important to protect your eyes from the sun, just as you would your skin. The most effective way to do this is by wearing sunglasses. 


Sunglasses can help prevent photokeratitis, a painful but temporary eye condition caused by overexposure to ultraviolet rays.

There are several options when it comes to finding the right pair for you. From different lenses to various styles, there’s more to consider than you may think. 

Here’s your ultimate guide to finding the right sunglasses for you.

Find The Right Lens

Arguably the most important thing about every pair of sunglasses isn’t the frame or style, it’s the lens. With a wide range of lenses to choose from, each serves a different purpose to best suit you. There are lenses for every purpose, whether you need protection from glare or you need to be able to see well in sunlight, there’s a lens available for you. Here are a couple of options available:

  • Photochromic lenses

These lenses are a great option to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. These lenses work by turning darker when exposed to UV rays. Meaning they protect you from the sun when necessary. Photochromic lenses will remain transparent indoors, so you can see clearly when you’re not exposed to sunlight. 

  • Sport sunglasses

UV protection is important for everyone, which is why there are many lenses and frames to suit peoples lifestyle needs. If you play a lot of sports then you may find that regular sunglasses hinder your performance. 

Whether you can’t see as well as you need to or you need a stronger frame, sport sunglasses are the solution for you. Designed to withstand the rough and tumble of sport as well as allowing you to see better in the sunlight, these lenses could be a great choice for you.

The Different Categories of Sunglasses

Every pair of sunglasses falls into one of 5 categories, depending on the level of tint. They range from category 0-5, with 0 being little tint and 5 being the darkest tint available. This information is pretty useful when it comes to hunting for your next pair of sunglasses. A category 0 lens is suited for safety eyewear as you can see clearly; whereas a category 5 lens is made to protect you from harsh sunlight in extreme climates. Most sunglasses fall into the middle! 

To find out more about our range of sunglasses including lens and frame information, contact us today to speak to a specialist.