What to Look For in Sunglasses

Sunglasses are far more than protective lenses against the sun’s glare: They speak volumes about how you want the world to see you, which makes choosing the right pair not as simple as you might think.

At Classic Vision Care, we want to make sure our patients have access to the very best in sunglass wear. To that end, we’ve pulled together a few tips to help you find the perfect pair of sunglasses that fit your fashion, corrective vision, and sun protection needs.

We carry a large variety of styles, so if you do a little homework before you come in, you can narrow your search more quickly once you’re here.

Block it out

The primary role of a good pair of sunglasses is to shield your eyes from the glare of the sun while also protecting them against the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. This distinction is important because these protections are different, and you need to make sure your sunglasses do both.

Settle only for 100% UV protection, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors. Most sunglasses these days offer both glare and UV protection, but it never hurts to double-check.

Shape it up

One of the first decisions you need to make is what shape and frame style you want. There are several rules of thumb when it comes to choosing the perfect sunglass shape for your face.

Start with finding a shape that’s opposite of your face. For example, if you have a square face, look for a frame style that’s more rounded because a square-on-square effect magnifies your shape rather than complements it.

Spend some time on proportion, as well. You don’t want your glasses to swallow your face, but you also want to ensure that you have enough protection around your eyes. Tiny frames with small lenses are not terribly effective when it comes to keeping the sun out. Conversely, huge frames that cover more than 30% of your face become the main attraction, rather than your face.

When it comes to choosing a frame style, this decision is a personal one. If you keep your sunglasses on top of your head while you’re not using them, sunglasses with nose grips can be a source of aggravation as they pull your hair every time you remove them. If you’re highly active, get a durable frame that can withstand the rigors of outdoor life.

In other words, spend some time choosing the right frame for the job, and take into consideration how, and where, you plan to use them most. If fashion is your governing concern when it comes to frame style, we have most of the popular current and retro styles, from aviators to the square black frames that defined the 1980s.

Which bring us to:

A look for the ages

Sunglasses are an investment, especially ones with corrective lenses, so make sure you’re choosing a frame that won’t go out of style by next season. Those black square frames of the 1980s have stood the test of time, but plenty of other styles have fallen quickly out of favor (think of those huge sunglasses with the swooping stems mounted on the lower corners).

Think more along the lines of aviators and basic round or square frames that will give you years of practical, and fashionable, use.

The world you see

Once you’ve chosen your frame, it’s time to select the color of your lens. The best way to do this is to simply try out each color. Sunglass lens colors come in shades of gray, green, blue, and even red.

And don’t simply try them on when you visit one of our locations; step outside and take a look around. Bring a couple of lenses outside and compare them to one another. Lens color does affect how you see the world, so spend a few minutes making sure you like what you see.

If you have more questions about choosing the right pair of sunglasses, please give us a call at any of our locations in Kennesaw, Marietta, and Atlanta, Georgia. Or you can schedule an appointment using our online booking tool on this website. We look forward to helping you.

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