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Choosing Sunglasses for Active Lifestyles

Bright   The sunglasses you wear each day when you drive to work might be a little different from the ones you use when you're hurtling down the side of a mountain at high speed. The purpose of sunglasses is to protect the eyes, but they also need to be comfortable or stay on the face when you're active. Discount sunglasses made for sports come in a variety of shapes and even come in several different materials.

Choosing a Tint for Sports

The tint used on a pair of sunglasses not only gives a pair a particular type of look, but the tinting is also usually going to impact how well you can see in certain conditions. You might want a specific type of tinting for your sunglasses if you choose to go out on a lake where the sun will be bright.

Alternatively, you might be headed out for some hiking where the glare won't be as extreme, but where the sun will be very bright and you'll need significant protection. There are different lens colors and shades that will work well in these circumstances.

If you're going skiing, you might want to think about a pair of lenses with gold or amber lenses. These lenses will cut down on the amount of glare you experience from surfaces like gleaming, white snow.

Alternatively, if you're operating in low-light conditions, you might want to consider rose colored lenses. These lenses will help enhance visibility when there's not a lot of light around. If you're out on the slopes on a cloudy day, you'll be able to see better with some rose colored glasses.

Common Lens Materials

The material used for the lenses on your sunglasses will usually impact the weight, how easy it is to see through the lenses, the level of sun protection, and the overall cost of the pair. Common types of materials used include glass, NXT polyurethane, polycarbonate, and acrylic.

Although you might think the best option for lenses would be one of the light, modern materials like acrylic, sometimes you might want to see if glass wouldn't be better for sports. Not only is glass scratch-resistant, but it also resists shattering when the pair impacts something else.

Glasses that use NXT polyurethane also offer terrific impact-resistance and clarity, but this type of lens material is usually quite expensive, so you'll pay a premium for this nice, lightweight option. You may end up wanting to get a pair of sunglasses that uses polycarbonate for the lenses as this option is lightweight for active use and a lot less expensive.


Eye Protection from the Sun

Another element to consider when choosing protective sports sunglasses is the UV protection granted by the pair. If you go outside when it's bright and you get too much sun, you may eventually damage your eyes and get cataracts or experience macular degeneration.

Avoiding problems with ultraviolet rays starts with a pair of sunglasses that protects against UVB and UVA rays. Interestingly, there are also a type of rays called UVC that come from the sun, but our atmosphere blocks those rays out, so they're not a concern.

When searching for a pair of white sunglasses, whether they're going to be used in sports or just for going out in the sun on a nice day, make sure that the pair declares that there is UV protection included in the lenses. Remember that everyone's eyes are vulnerable to bright light, so ensuring sunglasses have UV protection is one of the most important facets of sunglasses shopping.

 By : Upneet Kaur

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