Hmm. Now that you know the basic needed criteria for your sunglasses, I am going to throw a few more things to consider at you when shopping around.
When choosing lenses for glasses, you do have a few options. Now this time I am referring to the actual material the lenses are made of. To some this might not seem like that big of a deal. For others, your outdoor activities, habits and time spent outside, this might need some consideration.
Keep in mind that you still need the same sun protection regardless of what you choose.
Are Glass Lenses For You
This is something that I would never have given a thought to some time ago. Personally I have had, and still do, own some glasses that have glass lenses and others that are plastic.
I make it sound like I have a lot of pairs of sunglasses, but I really don’t. If most of your time is leisure when outdoors, glass lenses may be the way to go.
I once had an optician ask me how I could even see out of the glasses I was currently wearing. I guess over time I didn’t realize how scratched that pair had become. She suggested that I might consider glass lenses due to the fact that they are a bit more scratch resistant. Since then, I do tend to take better care of my glasses regardless.
For that reason they do tend to stay clearer, but for some, the fact they tend to weigh a bit more may be a factor. A lot of people swear by using glass. For me it depends on what I am doing.
Take A Look At Plastic Or Polycarbonate Lenses
For some outdoor enthusiasts this may be the way to go. For me, I tend to gravitate towards these a lot of the time. This is mostly due to the kind of activities I am involved in.
Personally I am kind of rough on sunglasses. Not so much as I used to be, because I use keepers around my neck and generally have learned to take better care of them.
I can’t tell you how many pairs I have lost hiking around or doing something where I sat them down and walked away. Nowadays that probably wouldn’t happen because I would notice them not being on.
Take into account of what you are doing outside. Plastic or Polycarbonate (basically the same thing) might be the way to go if you are involved in more rigorous activities, mainly because they are more flexible and lighter.
The lighter weight makes a difference for me personally when I am outdoors for extended periods of time. For some who enjoy more physical activities they may make a bit more sense because of the durability in rougher conditions.
Of course I can’t tell you what to choose. These are just a few points you might want to consider. Like I said earlier, I have both. They each have their pros and cons. Don’t stress over it, just take into account what you do most of the time outdoors.
An important consideration for whatever you decide is, if they are impact resistant or not. Most glasses now days are, but it is a good thing to check for.
If your glasses are just being used casually for fashion or leisure this may not be an issue, but in most cases I highly recommend that they are impact resistant just for the added safety alone.
Take Care Of Your Investment
For most of you this is just common sense. For me, not so much. Honestly I should practice more of what I am preaching.
If you are constantly in situations where you are taking them on and off, consider putting keepers (neck straps) on them to make sure you don’t lose them or scratch them. I have even had the wind blow them off my face, never to be seen again. In all fairness though, I was also holding on to a fence at the time to keep myself from blowing away.
Try to get in the habit of using cases for your glasses. Again I am guilty of not doing this all the time. The same eye doctor that I was talking about earlier that wondered how I even could see out of my glasses because of the scratches, told me to just remember, “when not on your face – in the case”. Enough said.
Being Redundant On Purpose
Whatever you choose, “don’t lose sight of maximum UV protection”. (kind of a play on words)