Here are some sunglasses facts to answer some of the most frequently asked questions and myths:
MYTH 1: DARKER LENSES PROVIDE BETTER PROTECTION THAN LIGHTER SHADES
The tint of your sunglass lenses doesn’t affect the level of UV protection. In fact, a completely clear lens with 100% UV protection and no tint is better for your eyes than very dark lenses without any UV protection. That’s because dark lenses without UV protection force your pupils to open wider and become dilated in a bid to let more light in, which in turn exposes your eyes to damaging UV light.
MYTH 2: LENS COLOR MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN BLOCKING UV RAYS
Just as the tint of your lens doesn’t affect the level of UV protection, the colour of your lenses also has nothing at all to do with protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays.
MYTH 3: YOU DON’T NEED SUNGLASSES ON A CLOUDY OR OVERCAST DAY
Our eyes are exposed to UV rays regardless of how cloudy or overcast the day is.
MYTH 4: CHILDREN DON’T NEED SUNGLASSES AS MUCH AS ADULTS
Because damage to our eyes builds up over time, it is vital that children get into the habit of wearing quality sunglasses with UV protection from an early age, particularly because children’s eyes are more fragile and easily damaged than adults.
MYTH 5: EVERY PAIR OF SUNGLASSES FEATURES UV PROTECTION
When buying sunglasses, it is very important to purchase them from a reputable store (such as Sunglasses Warehouse) to guarantee you are getting what you pay for, including UV protection. Authentic sunglasses will feature exactly what they advertise, whereas fakes or cheaper sunglasses may not include 100% UV protection, even if they advertise such features.
MYTH 6: POPULAR SUNGLASSES BRANDS ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR PEOPLE WITH PRESCRIPTION GLASSES
Most popular sunglasses brands allow you to substitute regular lenses with your specific prescription lenses. Considering the importance of UV protection, it is vital that you wear sunglasses while outdoors, and it is just a matter of making sure the particular style you are after can accommodate your prescription lenses. Sunglasses that cater for prescription lenses will feature the letters Rx on the frames. Full details of whether your new sunglasses are prescription-friendly should be available from the brand manufacturer, your retailer or your optometrist.
MYTH 7: EYES DON’T NEED AS MUCH PROTECTION IN WINTER BECAUSE THE SUN IS NOT AS BRIGHT OR STRONG
As explained earlier in regard to cloudy days, just because the weather is a colder doesn’t mean you aren’t at risk of UV radiation damage. The sun is still there year-round, including during winter, and UV rays are still prevalent.
MYTH 8: EYES ARE AFFECTED THE SAME AS ANY OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY WHEN IT COMES TO UV RAYS
Because of the sensitive nature of our eyes, with complex and delicate functions and fragile tissue, our eyes are more likely to suffer damage from harmful UV rays.
MYTH 9: POLARIZED SUNGLASSES PROVIDE THE BEST TYPE OF UV PROTECTION
Polarized or anti-glare lenses, such as those in Ray-Ban Sunglasses can certainly provide better images and clarity for your eyes, particularly when doing outdoor activities on the water or driving. But polarization does not improve or provide any UV protection. Regardless of the type of lenses you buy, it’s always important to check they have 100% UV protection.
MYTH 10: ‘TRANSITION’ LENSES DON’T PROVIDE PROTECTION FROM UV RAYS
Once again, it all depends if your chosen sunglasses and lenses come with 100% UV protection. Transition lenses (sometimes known as photochromic lenses) can provide the same level of UV protection as other sunglasses lenses so long as they come with the required UV protection.