Long-term overexposure to UV rays can prematurely age your eyes, which can lead to cataracts and other debilitating eye conditions. So, with that thought in mind, we’ve produced this overview of what you need to look for in sunglasses to help protect your eyes during different types of outdoor activity.
Even in a country like the UK, where the average number of sunlight hours per year is relatively low, being outside will put your eyes at risk to dangerous levels of UV exposure. Even on an overcast day, UV rays can still penetrate clouds and damage your eyes.
Consequently, having a pair of sunglasses to hand that combine comfort with functionality is highly recommended. For everyday use, look for sunglasses with dark, high contrast lenses, as these are ideal for cutting through glare and reducing eyestrain in mild conditions.
For Your Holiday
If you’re holidaying in a hot and sunny country, it is essential to take sunglasses that provide 100% protection from both UVA and UVB light and include the European CE mark that indicates the sunglasses offer adequate sun protection.
If you enjoy spending hours on the field of play, investing in a pair of top quality wraparound sports sunglasses to protect your eyes should be a priority.
Wraparound frames are specially designed to stay on your head – no matter what. Plus, they provide a wider field of vision than standard shades, ensuring the wearer experiences no blind spots and is able to maximise their performance.
UV rays are at their strongest around midday, so, if possible, try to arrange any outdoor activities with children in the morning or late afternoon. No matter what time of the day your little ones are out in the sun, though, wraparound sunglasses that offer 100% UVA and UVB protection are an absolute must.
Varying light conditions, such as low winter sun, make having a pair of sunglasses in the glovebox of your car essential. That being said, it’s important to note that not all types of sunglasses are suited to driving.
Many experienced drivers prefer to wear sunglasses with polarised lenses because they are specially designed to reduce glare, which makes them ideal for reducing light bouncing up from flat road surfaces. Because they help to sharpen your vision, polarised lenses can also help drivers to see in foggy and rainy conditions.
It’s important to note that the sunglasses you choose for driving must have a filter category in the 0-3 range. Note: four is the darkest lens you can buy, and wearing a lens this dark could reduce your visibility to the point where driving becomes unsafe.