When choosing the right sunglasses for the summer, there are more things to consider than what’s trending right now. Sure, sunglasses are a stylish accessory, but they also need to be functional for your needs. All too often, we get wrapped up in the trends and forget that we’re buying eyewear for our lives—not just our wardrobe.
2019 is a year of advanced lens technology. Today, you can choose from a variety of coatings and tints such as blue light filters, mirror coating, or anti-glare. The same is true of the lenses in your sunglasses – being conscious of what you need for your day-to-day life ensures the lenses you choose are working for you.
This is the most important aspect of your new sunglasses. Ultraviolet rays are constantly being emitted by the sun onto our skin and into our eyes. UV rays are a leading cause of cataracts and can result in photokeratitis (corneal sunburn) and permanent retinal damage. Pick lenses that filter out 100% of UVB rays to protect your eyes. These sunglasses typically are indicated with “UV 400.” The 400 refers to the 400-nanometer wavelength of UVA and UVB rays. If you’re not sure, ask an optician at your local FYidoctors for their recommendation.
The colour or tint of your lenses can influence the images you see. Dark colours like brown, grey, or green limit the overall amount of light coming to your eyes and help to reduce glare. However, brown lenses may cause minor distortions, while grey and green are less likely to interfere with your sight. Light lenses, such as yellow, gold, amber, rose, or red, all offer increased contrast and excellent depth-perception.
For a more in-depth look at coloured lenses, read How to Choose the Right Colour Lenses for Summer Activities.
We all know the disappointment of the first scratches on new sunglasses. However, an anti-scratch coating can decrease the damage. Similarly, an anti-fog coating reduces the risk of your lenses clouding while a hydrophobic coating keeps the water from collecting. The latter two are especially beneficial for those who wear sunglasses while playing sports, when heat can build up onto your glasses or cause them to fog up. Anti-reflective coating can be added to the back side of your sunglasses to help with glare reflected from the inside surface of your lenses, back into your eyes.
Read more on Protecting your Eyes with Athletic Eyewear.
When considering your next pair of sunglasses, look for brands that reflect your unique personality while being comfortable to wear. Choosing complementary eyewear can build your confidence. Examine your face shape in a mirror and decide whether it is heart-shaped, round, square, or oval and then continue reading to find the best fit for you. For further insight on what frames are best suited for your face shape, talk to your FYi optician.
Wider at the cheekbones and forehead, tapering at the jawline.
Widest at the cheekbones and tapering slightly both at the jaw and at the forehead.
Distinct jawlines, cheekbones, and foreheads.
Longer than they are wide, tapering at both the forehead and jawline.
Sunglasses are like clothing, different looks and styles go in and out of fashion. At the end of the day, it’s all about what feels good to you. Take a look or trend that speaks to you and have it fitted properly by an expert.
The past meets the future in men’s eyewear this year. Retro designs are getting an update with modern materials and round glasses are dominating the streets with a nod to the 90s. Coloured lenses or funky frames are perfect for attention-seekers, while dark frames and lenses service those who want to stay under the radar.
Just as with men’s eyewear, women’s style is driven by the styles of the past. Aviators and shield-frames are updated to the newest materials and fresh patterns. This season, lenses come in a myriad of colours and patterns, which is great for having fun with any shape of frame. Or, go with a subtler look by incorporating wire frames into your style.
At the end of the day, your sunglasses need to protect your eyes, while being comfortable for both your face and your personal style. Choosing frames that make you feel confident, are comfortable to wear, and go the distance are important. Pick from lenses that accent how you spend your days, whether that’s playing sports or going on long-distance road trips. Or, test drive the latest trends and discover a new style to elevate your wardrobe.