The Ultimate Guide to Buying Sunglasses

With summer right around the corner, it's the perfect time to start shopping for sunglasses. Sunglasses are essential not only to keep your eyes safe from the sun but also to complete your stylish outfit. At Executive Eye Care in Houston, we know that choosing the right sunglasses can be overwhelming, especially with so many options and features available. That's why we have created this ultimate guide to help you navigate the purchasing process and buy the perfect pair for your needs and style. 


UV Protection

First of all, it's essential to choose sunglasses that protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Optometry experts suggest sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays or have a UV 400 rating. This rating means they block both UVA and UVB rays and provide comprehensive protection.

Sunglass Lens Options

The second important factor is choosing the lens type. Your optometrist should offer the best advice on this front, but here are some popular options:

Polarized Lenses

Polarized lenses reduce glare and improve visibility while driving and performing water activities. They are perfect for people who spend a lot of time outdoors, especially near water or snow.

Tinted Lenses

Tinted lenses come in various colors and help enhance contrast, reduce brightness, and provide better clarity in different environments.

Photochromic Lenses

Photochromic lenses automatically adjust to the level of sunlight exposure and darken in bright light conditions. They are an excellent choice for people who frequently transition between indoors and outdoors.

Consider Your Lifestyle and Activities

Consider your lifestyle and activities when selecting sunglasses. Different activities require different levels of UV protection, and some activities may require additional features such as anti-fog or scratch-resistant lenses. Our optometry experts can advise you on the most suitable sunglasses for your unique lifestyle.

Consider the Lens Materials

Lens materials matter, too. Glass lenses offer superior clarity and scratch resistance but can be heavy and fragile. Polycarbonate and Trivex lenses are lightweight and impact-resistant but may have lower optical quality. Your optometrist can offer guidance depending on your situation.

Think About the Frame Material

The material of your sunglass frame will play a role in how long it lasts and how comfortable it is. Frames can be made from materials like plastic, metal, or nylon. Consider the frame's durability and weight, especially if you'll wear sunglasses for extended periods.

Style and Design

While sunglasses' primary function is to protect your eyes, they are also fashionable accessories. There are countless designs available, from oversized frames to classic aviators. You can choose the style that matches your face shape, eye color, and personal preferences. Optometrists recommend investing in versatile designs that will stand the test of time.

Schedule an Appointment with Us

Executive Eye Care is here to help you find your perfect sunglasses. We offer various sunglasses styles, lens options, and frame materials to fit your needs and budget. Our optometrists are always available to answer your questions, and our team will help you find the perfect pair to protect your eyes and keep you looking stylish under the Houston sun. Call our team today at (713) 225-2600 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.