Everybody loves a pair of designer sunglasses; from celebrities, to mums, to young trendsetters. The desirability for designer eyewear is not simply because of the brand name, it’s also about the quality and exclusivity that comes them too.
With cheap sunglasses, you won't receive the same standard of quality, or even safety, as you would do with designer sunglasses.
Be Safe In The Sun
As much as we love to be out in the sun, it is important to take care of our skin and eyes. The skin around the eye area is even more sensitive and fragile than the skin on our face.
Wearing sunglasses, especially when there is a lot of sun exposure, will help to prolong the ageing of the skin as well as reducing the risk of skin cancer.
Wearing sunglasses will help protect your eyes against UV light (UVA and UVB). According to watchdog organisation 'Which', some of the cheap sunglasses produced by high-street clothing retailers have failed to meet the British sunglasses standards.
Always make sure that your sunglasses meet the standards of your residing country. For the UK, make sure your eyewear carries the ‘CE’ mark or ‘BS EN 1836:2005’.
Also remember that darker sunglasses don’t necessarily mean they have UV filtering; dark sunglasses can have zero/low UV filtering which can cause serious damage to the eyes.
The darkness of the lenses is due to the tint depth; this is categorised by numbers, 0 to 4. DO NOT wear tint depth 4 sunglasses whilst driving as these lenses are extremely dark, it would be dangerous to do so.
Reflective glare can be found on horizontal surfaces i.e. street roads, water surface, floors, snow. Polarised lenses will block out any horizontal glare giving you a better visual performance.
You can also have sun coatings on your sunglasses which blocks out reflective glare from behind the eyes. This coating works best with polarised lenses.