These Shady Sunglasses Misconceptions Can Hurt Your Eyes (And Your Wallet)
In 2012, 95.9 million units of Plano sunglasses were sold in the United States. Only 4.7 million of which were sold by online entities. Plano (polarized, non-polarized) pertains to eyeglasses that do not contain a curvature for correcting vision defects. If you're interested in buying sunglasses online, it's important to navigate the process carefully to ensure you're getting the high-quality protection you deserve. Before making your final purchases, make sure you're aware of these sunglasses myths that can hurt both your eyes and your wallet.
Sunglasses with a higher price tag offer more protection.
While there's usually some truth to the statement, 'you get what you pay for,' it's not a hard and fast rule. In fact, in many cases, when you pay for expensive sunglasses, you're paying for the name brand and not the protection. Think about this: Just one Luxury Goods Company produces 75% of the world’s designer sunglasses. Labels such as Chanel, Burberry, and Ralph Lauren are all designed and made by Italian company Luxottica and they also own Oakley and Ray-ban brands. Knowing this, protection is always more important than the name brand. As a rule of thumb, general-purpose cosmetic lenses must block 70% of UVB, general-purpose must block 95% of UVB and most UVA light. The special-purpose must block 99% of UVB. If you find a pair of sunglasses that offer less protection, disregard them and move on.
The size of the lenses doesn't make a difference when it comes to protection.
Another common misconception, lens size actually does make a difference. Bigger lenses offer more coverage and protection, and if your frames aren't large enough, you could be letting extra light in and causing more damage. When in doubt, bigger lenses are always better.
I don't need to buy sunglasses.
Okay, this is technically a personal preference, but it's largely untrue. The eye damage caused by the sun doesn't happen overnight -- instead, it's a slow and steady process you may not notice for years. But considering the affordability, style, and protection the right pair of shatter resistant sunglasses can provide, why not invest in your future eye health? Ultimately, understanding these myths about polarized sunglasses can help you make the right decision for your visual protection needs. For more information about polarized sunglasses and other unbreakable sunglasses, contact Reks Optics.