Dr. Jim Martin 08/29/2013

looking_through_sunglasses.jpgWhile ordinary lenses are great for reading, driving, and going about your everyday life, certain active lifestyles and light-sensitive people find themselves in need of more advanced or prescription sunglasses for both comfort and safety. However, it should be noted that there are many different types of corrective lenses on the market right now. Knowing about their many different qualities ahead of time can help you to make the best choice when shopping for sunglasses.

What are your Sunglasses Choices?

There are three main choices when it comes to purchasing high-quality sunglasses.

  • Polaroid lenses: These lenses have been a popular choice for visual correction in a high-glare environment for quite some time now. Originally developed to cut the glare of light on the water for fishermen back in the 1930's, these are a great choice for many outdoor enthusiasts and light-sensitive individuals. (However, the same properties that reduce glare sometimes make it difficult to read LCD control panels, cell phones, etc., so keep this in mind before you buy!) You can also opt for polarized photochromic lenses, which turn dark when outside in the sun and back to light, traditional lenses when inside or in low-light environments.

  • Impact-resistant lenses: For anyone with an active lifestyle, small children at home, or those who might simply be prone to dropping their shades from time to time, impact-resistant sunglasses are a very popular choice. Usually created with man-made materials like polycarbonate or Trivex, these lenses are often as light as they are durable, making them a particularly comfortable choice for many people. Impact-resistant lenses are generally excellent at holding up to the elements as well. Their scratch-resistant nature makes them particularly popular with people who find themselves in and around high winds, sand and salt water.

  • UVA/UVB protective lenses: Always look for a pair of sunglasses that block 99% or more of potentially damaging UVA/UVB rays. Ultraviolet sunlight can damage the skin around your eyes, as well as the corneas, lenses, and other parts of the eyes themselves. Blocking these rays whenever possible is a great investment in preserving your eyesight down the line.

Notably, these properties above are not mutually exclusive. For example, buying polaroid lenses that are also impact-resistant with terrific UVA/UVB protection - or any combination of the above - are very common requests nowadays. If you're interested in a pair of sunglasses or prescription sunglasses that are both stylish and functional, contact the skilled opticians and eye care team at Broome Optical in Amarillo, Texas. We'll be happy to show you our vast collection of designer and trendy frames, which includes Ray-Ban and Oakley sunglasses.

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