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, the chances are good that Spring Break will include 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 primary 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. Actually, the benefit is gained by wearing quality sunglasses during nearly any outdoor activity.

Wiley X Sunglasses Wind Surfing

Polarized Sunglasses block excessive glare which makes them a great option for water sports.

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 and Wiley X. These sunglasses not only provide the ultimate in sun protection, but they come in the most popular styles as well.
  2. Consider wraparound sunglasses that provide additional protection by preventing harmful UV rays from entering around the frame.
  3. Choose polarized lenses if possible. Polarized lenses provide comprehensive eye protection and increase visibility. They are particularly useful 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 color will suit your needs? Check out this Sports Sunglasses Lens Tint Guide from the eye experts at All About Vision. Then, look at the variety of choices offered in a variety of price ranges in our Sunglasses section.
  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 an excellent choice. These sunglasses that come with more than one lens type that can be switched out based on the conditions.

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.

ONOS Bifocal Sunglasses

ONOS Bifocal Sunglasses make reading on the beach a breeze.

Whatever lens tint or frame style you choose, always make quality a priority when selecting 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 significantly to your eye health over your lifetime.

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By | 2017-06-02T18:21:14+00:00 March 16th, 2012|All Posts, Safety Tips|0 Comments

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Michael Eldridge is a US Marine Veteran and the founder of SafetyGlassesUSA.com. He's passionate about protective eyewear and promoting vision safety. In his spare time, he enjoys target shooting, fishing, CrossFit, mountain biking, camping with his family and watching Detroit Tigers baseball.

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