What Should You Look For When Purchasing Sunglasses?

March 29, 2021

My friends ask if the sunglasses they buy at a gas station or department store will protect their eyes from the harmful effects of the sun.  When it comes to buying sunglasses, you will want 100% UV protection, glare reduction, clear vision, comfort, and durability.  

UV protection is to help reduce the risk of macular degeneration which is a very serious eye disease here in the U.S.  Glare reduction comes with polarized filtered lenses.  Clear vision comes from lenses that are made with specific equipment to eliminate distortion.  Comfort comes from the right colored tint and how it is incorporated into the lens.  

These components are not found in sunglasses from a convenience store and most cheap sunglasses are not made to last past one season.  Their lenses are stamped from sheets of plastic that have waves and distortion. 

If you want to know whether your sunglasses have 100% UV protection, our opticians can read them for you with our UV meter. 

The most durable sunglass that offers the best protection for your eyes and the clearest vision is the Maui Jim brand.  They have a special polarized filter that is unmatched and the comfort is amazing.  They come in many beautiful tints and mirrors.  

Maui Jim’s are the most popular sunglasses we offer because they check all the boxes your eyes need.  Come in and try on a pair to see the difference.