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What are the best sunglasses for your lifestyle needs?

While sunglasses are important for protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays, not all of them are created equal. Join us as we explore the different types of sunglass lenses, how they benefit you, and discover the best sunglasses for protecting your eyes, according to your needs and lifestyle.

Having the right sunglass lenses

Sunglass lenses come in various tints and also have different coatings, which means that some are better for certain environments compared to others, so it’s important to know which lenses are right for you. When choosing your new pair of sunglasses, it’s important to ensure that they offer 100% protection from UV, no matter which frame style or lens type you choose. This means you can choose a pair of fashionable sunglasses that provides both aesthetic and functional benefits.

Different types of sunglass lenses

It can be hard knowing which type of sunglasses are the right choice for you. Whether you’re looking for lenses to help reduce glare, or one pair of glasses for all activities, our useful guide can help clarify what to look for in your next pair of shades. Each type of lens can be fitted into any frame of your choice, meaning you don’t have to sacrifice style over functionality.

Polarised lenses

Polarised lenses are designed to block glare caused by horizontal rays that reflect off flat surfaces from entering the eye. This serves to provide superior glare protection and comfort, so you can say goodbye to squinting and eye strain, making them the ideal choice for those who enjoy spending time in the great outdoors. They’re particularly beneficial to those who spend time around water and play sports like golf as they also improve colour contrast. Polarised sunglass lenses also provide complete UV protection.

Photochromic glasses

Photochromic glasses are best for an active lifestyle. They improve your vision by automatically adapting to changing light conditions. For example, they darken when outdoors where UV is present and return to clear when indoors, making them a convenient choice for people who are always on the go and don’t want the hassle of constantly switching between their glasses and sunglasses. In addition, they block 100% of UVA and UVB rays and filter blue light emitted from digital screens.

Mirror lenses

Mirror lenses have highly reflective coatings applied to their surface. This reflects glare away from the sunglasses which reduces the amount of light that can enter the eyes. They’re a great option for outdoor activities in exceptionally bright conditions, for example, if you’re skiing on a sunny day.

Tinted lenses

Tinted lenses come in a variety of stylish colours, enabling them to benefit both your vision and style. A coloured tint can serve specific functions, for example, help reduce eyestrain, eliminate glare, improve contrast, and protects your eyes from UV rays.

Coloured lenses are often a popular choice for those who enjoy specific outdoor activities, with yellow lenses favoured by skiers, while green lenses are preferred by golfers due to the heightened contrast.

Gradient lenses

Gradient lenses are tinted top-down, meaning that the top of the lens is the darkest, and ideal if you regularly moving from inside to outside. A gradient tinted lens is popular with drivers as the darker area of the lens enables them to shields their eyes from sunlight overhead while still allowing you to see your dashboard through the lighter section. The UV coating also provides protection  from harmful UV rays which is important when spending time outside.

Contact our opticians in Kenton or Vision Care opticians Baker Street

If you’re looking for the best sunglasses for eye protection, feel free to visit our opticians in Kenton or Vision Care opticians Baker Street today to find your perfect pair of sunnies! We have the freedom to use lenses from renowned suppliers like Essilor and Hoya, as well as having a wide selection of designer sunglasses so you know you’ll be investing in high quality, durable shades for years to come!