How to Pick the Perfect Sunglasses for the Beach


How to Pick the Perfect Sunglasses for the Beach

Choosing the best sunglasses is as much about reflecting your personal style as it is protecting your eyes from the sun's harmful rays. Deciding what style suits you and your personality is just as important. After all  to this day, the scene of Tom Cruise in Top Gun peering through Ray Ban Aviators is an iconic scene that is synonymous with a classic style and coolness factor.  This week we have all the best tips from the experts on how to choose the most protective and best looking shades on the market. 

Things to consider

Over the past few years in particular, designers have been turning to iconic shapes like the Aviator or cat-eye style. Taking inspiration from the likes of classic film stars and movies. Of course, there are modern looks as well and everything in between. From the active runner to those who just like to bask in the sun this week we have everything you need to choose a great pair of shades for the beach. 

Choosing the right shape

Over the past few years in particular, designers have been turning to iconic shapes like the Aviator or cat-eye style. Taking inspiration from the likes of classic film stars and movies. The general rule of thumb is simple: look for frame shapes that are the opposite of your face shape. So, if you have a square jaw, pick round or oval frames or even wrap frames; if your face is round, spring for a blocky or rectangular frame. With a little searching you can find just the right frames for your next Ocean Isle Beach vacation. 

How to pick the right lens tint

Colored lenses are more than just a beach party novelty. They actually can play a role in helping you take full advantage of the summer in the ways you most enjoy. Any good quality lens will work. However, it is critical to choose glasses that over full UV protection. Not all lenses offer this protection. Most good quality lenses will have a label indicating their ability to protect you from UV rays. 

Lenses come in all sorts of colors. Here are a few helpful tips to consider about each color. 

Red or pink lenses increase visual contrast in bright outdoor settings, and improve depth perception.

Green is a sleeper hit for reducing glare while brightening shadows. It also transmits color better than other tints.

Yellow is prized by early birds and all-weather sportsmen for providing uncompromising clarity in fog, haze, and other low-light conditions. If you’re going to be putting in early mornings on the water or the trail, these are your best bet.

Blue lenses are best for seeing contours on a monochromatic field, making them a great choice for golfers, fishermen, and sailors.

Five reasons to always wear sunglasses

1. UV Protection. The sun's UV radiation can cause cataracts; benign growths on the eye's surface; and photokeratitis, sometimes called snow blindness, which is a temporary but painful sunburn of the eye's surface. Wide-brimmed hats and caps can block about 50 percent of UV radiation from the eyes but optometrists say that is not enough protection.

2. Comfortable vision. Once you have worn sunglasses you'll realize just how much clearer everything is while wearing them. Tip, they are also great for increasing your luck while fishing. 

3. Blue-Light Protection. Long-term exposure to the blue and violet portion of the solar spectrum has been implicated as a risk factor for macular degeneration especially for individuals that are “sun sensitive.”

4. Skin Cancer. Cancer of the eyelids and skin around the eyes is actually a fairly common form of cancer. Wearing sunglasses while outdoors in the sun is one way to help protect against skin cancer.

5. Dark adaptation. Did you know that  just two or three hours in bright sunlight can reduce your eyes ability to adapt quickly to night-time conditions. This can make driving at night after spending a day on the beach more hazardous than it need be. 

There are still plenty of sun-drenched days ahead on Ocean Isle Beach. Now is a great time to book a late summer or early fall vacation. The kids can even come for the week. A majority of or vacation homes have Wi-Fi which means school can head to the beach. Give us a call today at 800-727-9222 or click the button below to begin planning your 2020 beach vacation. 

How to Pick the Perfect Sunglasses for the Beach

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