Choosing the Right Sunglasses for Summer | Seattle Optical Center

Summer is here and if you’re like most people, you’re going to try to spend as much time outdoors to enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Whether you’re driving on a long road trip, or just cruising the local boutique shops in Seattle, a good quality pair of sunglasses is a necessity for eye protection.

Woman wearing sunglasses in Seattle

Not all sunglasses are created equal. The sunglasses sold on the counter of the local gas station pales in comparison to a quality pair of sunglasses purchased at eye care clinic that specializes in optical wear and sunglasses. In fact, that cheap pair of sunglasses could actually do more harm than good.

The main reason people should be wearing sunglasses is to have them filter out the harmful UV rays from the sun. UV light can cause some series eye issues such as:

Just because the lens of the $10 sunglasses is polarized or tinted, doesn’t necessarily mean they’re protecting your eyes from harmful rays. Our Seattle eye care team at Clearview Eye & Laser have share our top tips to choosing the right pair of sunglasses for the summer:

Tip #1: Check for proper UV protection.

Without a doubt, this is the most important thing you need to check for when shopping for a pair of sunglasses. The sun outputs two types of harmful radiation in the form of ultra-violet light, which cannot be seen by the naked human eye. These two types of UV radiation are: UVA and UVB.

According to the American Optometric Association, sunglasses should block out 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB radiation. It should also screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light for optimal protection.

Be sure to read the label of the sunglasses before purchasing to ensure that it offers 100% UVA and UVB protection. In places like grocery or convenience stores, the chances of finding a quality pair of glasses that offer both types of protection are slim to none. However, if you stop by Clearview Eye & Laser in West Seattle or Highline, then you can rest assured the glasses you buy will offer 100% UVA and UVB protection.

Tip #2: Be wary of the type and color of lenses.

A common misconception is that polarized glasses provide the protection needed from the sun’s harmful rays. Polarized sunglasses are primarily designed to reduce the glare of the sun reflecting off surfaces, such as asphalt and water. Not all polarized sunglasses can protect your eyes from the damaging rays. Polarized sunglasses can make the LCD displays difficult to see, so they can be dangerous when driving a vehicle or steering a boat.

Some of the cheaper sunglasses have dark lenses. This can lead people to believe that dark glasses will give them the proper sun protection. Always, always, always check the label to make sure the glasses offer 100% UV protection.

Tip #3: Bigger can be better!

Oversized sunglasses are a popular fashion trend. However, asides from style, big sunglasses also serve a functional benefit. Oversized sunglasses cover more area on your face, and as such prevent more light from coming in.

Another benefit is that because they cover a bigger portion of your face, they help protect against sun damage and wrinkles. When you’re looking for a new pair of sunglasses, considering choosing oversized sunglasses that are well-framed to your face. It’s not only fashionable statement piece—it can be healthy for your eyes as well!

Visit our Optical Center at Clearview Eye & Laser this Summer

Cheap sunglasses do not offer the proper UV protection, likely won’t last you more than a few months before they fall apart due to poor quality materials. Consider investing in a high-quality pair of sunglasses from your trusted Seattle eye care center that will last you for many years.

The best place to find quality sunglasses that are fashionable, high quality and will protect your eyes is Clearview Eye & Laser. We specialize in eye care, eyewear, with a large stock of designer frames for every style and budget. Don’t take chances with inferior eyewear, as UV light can cause a whole host of eye-related problems that are easily preventable. Contact our Seattle or Burien office to schedule your next visit this summer.