How to Choose The Best Sunglasses For Travel
When looking for the perfect pair of sunglasses for travelling with there are a few things that you need to remember to look out for. Whilst travelling you’ll probably spend a substantial amount of your time wearing your sunnies, especially if they have prescription lenses. This means that you shouldn’t be picking your sunglasses just by how they look. We’ve all made the mistake of choosing a pair of gorgeous sunnies that after a few hours become unbearably uncomfortable!
One mistake that is often made, all too often, is falling in love with a pair of frames that are overly heavy and thinking that you’ll be fine. This extra weight can lead to headaches that force us to choose between being blinded by the sunshine or dealing with a headache. It can also lead to our kids refusing to wear their sunglasses, even though we really, really need them too!
For that reason, we would recommend that you choose a lightweight pair of frames that will be comfortable for hours on end. If you are having to choose sunglasses for kids then this is an absolutely essential requirement. We all know that little ones can be fussy when it comes to their comfort; if the sunglasses are lightweight and therefore comfortable then they might be more inclined to wear them for longer periods. There are plenty of frames these days that are specifically designed to be comfortable for kids, and VisionDirectAU have a really great selection of kid’s sunglasses, so one is sure to jump out to little minds.
Many of us choose beautiful holiday destinations that have guaranteed sunshine, which increases our exposure to harmful UV and UVB rays. It’s recommended that we choose lenses that have a rating of 3 (let’s in 8% – 18% of UV light) as these are the best for all around wear. The UV rating system is ranked from 0 (let’s in about 80% – 100% of UV light) to 4 (let’s in around 3% – 4% of UV light).
There’s more to take into account still!
Next up, are the lenses polarized? This does make the overall cost a bit higher, but it is a great investment as polarized lenses reduce the effects glare from reflective surfaces, like sand, water or snow. Of course, this makes them a valuable long-term investment for your eye health and for your children’s eyes.
If you know that you or your kids are a little clumsy or careless with sunglasses then we recommend you choose sunglasses that have a high quality plastic frame. Not only will this ensure that they survive being dropped but they are often more comfortable as plastic is lightweight. Today many of the plastic frames are made from plastic which is hypoallergenic making it the perfect choice for anyone with sensitive skin or who sweats as they frames won’t begin to tarnish or react when exposed to moisture.
So, to Sum it up
• UV Protection: Look for sunnies which have a high UV protection rating and block both UV and UVB rays. It’s recommended to choose lenses which have a rating of 3, as they are best for everyday use and sports
• Polarized Lenses: Spending a little extra on this is a great investment, as reducing harsh glares protects your eyes in the long run
• Lightweight: Look for acetate or plastic frames that are not bulky, as this will ensure they are lightweight
• Comfortable: Do you think that you could wear these for long periods of time without feeling uncomfortable
• Sturdy: Plastic and acetate frames will be able to handle a little careless handling so will last longer especially important for kids or those who are active.
• Prescription: If you or your child needs prescription lenses check that the frames you or they like can be ordered and purchased with the correct prescription. It’s also important to ensure that the prescription is up to date.