Spring Break Sunglasses: Protect Your Eyes and Look Good at the Same Time

Oakley Flak Jacket XLJ Sunglasses with Polished White Frame and Black Iridium Lens

Oakley Flak Jacket XLJ Sunglasses with Polished White Frame and Black Iridium Lens

Spring is almost here, and for many people that means time to make plans for a Spring Break trip. The most popular trip destinations are those that are warm and sunny, yet destinations involving mountains and skiing are appealing to many people as well. Regardless of the destination, chances are good that Spring Break will involve being outside as much as possible and possibly going on a long road trip. For these reasons, one essential activity before going on that vacation is to make sure your eyes are not only well protected by quality sunglasses but that you look good wearing them too.

Most people don’t realize we are exposed to ultraviolet rays, of which sunlight is the main source, not just on sunny days but also on overcast days as well. Glare and reflection give added trouble, so wearing quality sunglasses is important when spending time on snow and in or on the water and also when driving. Really, benefit is gained by wearing quality sunglasses during pretty much any outdoor activity.

So what qualifies as quality sunglasses? Can the same sunglasses that provide ultimate eye protection against UV rays also be fashionable? The following are 5 tips for choosing quality sunglasses for your Spring Break trip that also look great on you.

  1. Look for sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of UV light. Fashionable options are widely available in a variety of quality brands including Oakley, Revo, Tapout , Gatorz. These glasses not only provide the ultimate in sun protection, but they come in the most up-to-date fashions as well.
  2. Consider wraparound sunglasses that provide additional protection by preventing harmful UV rays from entering around the frame. Options abound in wraparound sunglasses coming from a variety of makers such as Bangerz, Gatorz and Bobster.
  3. Choose polarized lenses if possible. Polarized lenses provide comprehensive eye protection and increase visibility. They are especially helpful when glare is a problem, such as when driving or spending time on or near water.
  4. Take time to choose the right lens tint. Black? Yellow? Orange? Rose? Brown? Blue? Not sure what lens tint will suit your needs? Check out this Sport Sunglasses Lens Tint Guide from the eye experts at All About Vision. Then, check out the variety of choices offered in a variety of price ranges by Oakley, Revo, Tapout and Gatorz and others.
  5. Consider options for variable conditions. Many situations, such as snow skiing and golf, present a variety of eye-protection and visibility needs. So, having sunglasses that come with interchangeable lenses can be a great choice. Oakley offers a variety of fashion sunglasses with interchangeable lenses, including the Fast Jacket, Fast Jacket XL, Jawbone, and Split Jacket. These sunglasses that come with more than one lens type that can be switched out based on the conditions. (See the article Experts Guide to Skiing Sunglasses Lens Tint to learn when to wear what lens tint when snow skiing.)

Sunglass options also exist for special needs including over-prescription sunglasses, ballistic sunglasses that meet military standards, safety sunglasses that are impact resistant, and bifocal sunglasses. With all the options available, no excuse exists for not wearing proper eyewear that protects against sun damage.

Whatever lens tint or frame style you choose, always make quality a priority when choosing a pair of sunglasses. While available in abundance, Cheap Sunglasses Actually End Up Costing You More in the Long Run. Spending more on quality sunglasses such as those referred to throughout this article will contribute greatly to your eye health over your lifetime.

About Michael Eldridge

Michael Eldridge is the President and Founder of Safety Glasses USA, one of the web's largest providers of safety glasses and goggles. He's a US Marine Veteran who's particularly passionate about protective eyewear and helping people learn about vision safety. In his spare time he enjoys target shooting, fishing, camping with his family and watching Detroit Tigers baseball. You can follow Michael on Twitter @MikeEldridge73, Google or via the Safety Glasses USA Facebook Page.