They’re called shades for a reason. Pick the perfect sunglasses, a pair that blocks 99 to 100% of UVA and UVB rays, absorbs UV up to 400 nanometres, or meets American National Standards Institute UV requirements, says Dr Lee Duffner, an ophthalmologist. Then test lens quality: close one eye and move the shades from your forehead to your face. Repeat with the other eye closed. Do objects shift? “The movement should be minimal and in the same vertical direction in each lens,” says Fraser Horn, an associate dean of optometry. Here’s what you need to commute, compete or kick back.
By MH Staff - Posted on 19th May 2014
They’re called shades for a reason. Pick a pair that blocks 99 to 100% of UVA and UVB rays and absorbs UV up to 400 nanometres.
Go with yellow-tinted, lenses. They let in enough light that you aren’t driving blind if the sky clouds up, says Duffner. In an Australian study, drivers with yellow shades had faster reaction times than with neutral ones. Try Persol PHP R2 750 at Sunglass Hut.
You want lenses that are made of strong yet lightweight polycarbonate. If you’re a keen sports man try get interchangeable lenses so you can swop them around for sport-specific tints. For example, red lenses add contrast against green surfaces, which is good for mountain biking and tennis. And check that the frames have nose grips, so they stay put. We like the Special edition Tour De France Radarlock R2 750 at Oakley.
Choose lenses for your main frames. You also want polarisation (to block glare). For casual wear, make sure the frames are a neutral colour so they’ll be verstaile. Try these: Foldable Ray-Bans R1 550 Sunglass Hut at Edgars.