Sunglasses haven’t gotten larger just for the glamour effect, there’s a good reason your frames are getting taller and wider, and it’s because our brands want to protect you from the sun as much as possible! Active folks who spend time outdoors, no matter which season, are more susceptible to ultraviolet radiation if they are participating in water or snow sports or even making their way up a mountain, and having the right pair of designer sunglasses is an important part of staying safe.
This is the wrong way to wear your shades this summer. They are far too small to provide enough protection for your eyes! UVA and UVB rays can still get to them on all sides because there’s no peripheral protection, and if you’re spending the day on the water you can seriously harm your eyes without enough to shield yourself from the sun. Here’s why.
Water reflects nearly 90 percent of UVB rays directly towards your eyes, which can excel the growth of cataracts and other eye conditions and put you at risk for ultraviolet keratitis (a sunburn of the eye that can be painful and lead to temporary blindness). Hikers need better protection around their eyes as well because UV radiation increases 4 percent for every 1,000 feet of elevation – and being around fresh snow on a mountain also carries the same percentage of reflected light as water.
So which frames are best for activities in the sun? Many athletes prefer Oakley sunglasses because they’re made with these type of activities in mind. They provide a close fit and many have side shields or wraparound-style frames to help keep out UV light. You also want to find a pair with polarized lenses that bock 100 percent of ultraviolet radiation. Here are a few styles that will help keep your eyes in tip-top shape throughout the year:
Oakley Offshoot sunglasses have a single polarized-lens shield protecting your eyes, with wide temples that help keep the sun out fo your eyes.
Contrary to popular belief, darker lenses don’t always mean they’re more protective. These Oakley Pit Boss sunglasses feature polarized lenses in a tungsten shade, which has the same level of polarization as the brand’s black lenses. Different colors simply serve different purposes, like providing better visual acuity in lower-light conditions or improved color contrast. The above color does the latter.
Oakley Tightrope sunglasses may resemble the size of the frame in our example of the wrong way to wear your sunglasses, but the brand’s three-point fit ensures that these are snug and secure around your eyes for the utmost protection. The ice iridium lenses reduce glare and are best for truer color perception in extremely bright light.