When shopping for sunglasses, we often spend a good amount of time looking for stylish ones that live up to our tastes and match a number of characteristics that make high-quality sunglasses.
So what are the characteristics we’re looking for in sunglasses?
We want sunglasses that are stylish and can protect our eyes from UV rays, right? We think that these sunglasses should have the “right color” like black, brown, or gray because they can block UV light, right?
Well, all of the aforementioned functions that we believe are actually myths, in addition to the fact that many people believe that polarized sunglasses can fully block UV rays! Oh, wait… They don’t?!
#1 – The ‘right’ Color Matters
It may matter in terms of fashion sense, but not for eye health! Whether you get color lens sunglasses or even rainbow sunglasses, it does nothing for your eyes!
People tend to think that buying the “right” color, specifically darker shades of sunglasses can protect their eyes from UV rays when that’s actually not the truth.
Unless we’re talking about UVA sunglasses, dark sunglasses, gray and brown for example, provide comfort and cut sun glare but they do not protect your eyes from UV light.
#2 – Polarized sunglasses give 100% protection
Really? Well, they don’t.
Polarized sunglasses are quite popular among people who frequent the beach because they do a relatively good job blocking sun glare and reducing discomfort when the eyes look onto the surface of the water under the glaring sun, thanks to the Polaroid plastic sheeting they’re made of.
However, contrary to common belief, polarized lenses do not provide UVA protection no matter how high their price might be!
Some other benefits of polarized lenses also include increased clarity and sharpness of images. But alas, they can’t protect against eye damage like you probably thought!
#3 – It’s cloudy, take off your sunglasses
Don’t listen to people saying that to you, they have been fooled, too!
A cloudy sky may look so serene that it makes you want to stare at it without any sunglasses on, but the clouds that you might have believed to block UV rays actually allow around 80% of the sun’ UVR to seep through!
Going out in cloudy or foggy weather without wearing UVA glasses, or at least polarized glasses, to reduce the intensity may cause you eye damage in the long run.
The risk is especially higher during snowy days as snow reflects UV light from the sun which may lead to snow blindness.
Ordinary sunglasses may not protect your eyes from UV rays, but they can at least reduce the intensity of light.
#4 – Expensive or cheap sunglasses…it doesn’t matter
It really does, so if you’re thinking about purchasing cheap sunglasses online, please reconsider your decision!
The thing is, you may not notice the difference between an expensive pair of sunglasses and cheap sunglasses, but it becomes evident when you experience eye strain and even headaches.
Cheap sunglasses are typically made of cheap plastic that can damage your eyesight, much like used eyeglasses do. There is no doubt about it.
So if you’re willing to invest in buying stylish sunglasses, you might as well get yourself some good-quality UVA glasses with UV400 labels that protect eyes from both UVA and UVB rays that burn the skin, and avoid eye problems such as bad eyesight.
#5 – Scratches aren’t a big deal
What dangerous, false claim that is!
Scratches on your lenses can obscure vision, strain and tire your eyes, and cause you headaches, especially if you wear them all day.
Even the tiniest, lightest scratches on the lenses of your sunglasses can scatter light and if you already have bad eyesight or eye problems, that’s bad news for you because scratched glasses, like dirt on a windshield, can make everything worse!
Always discard scratched eyeglasses or sunglasses for the sake of your eye health!
#6 – Bonus
Guess what we haven’t told you yet!
Sunglasses, no matter what type they are, can exhaust your eyes if you wear them on a regular basis and cause health problems.
Both sunlight and darkness release hormones in our brains and our eyes need natural sunlight to help regulate your hormones like the sleep hormone, Melatonin.
Wearing sunglasses all the time may also damage your eyes’ ability to adjust to light and lead to vision problems.
So let’s protect your eyes because, at the end of the day, they’re all we have.