Sunglasses are a must-have fashion accessory, so quality and practicality are sometimes overlooked before making a purchase. Your sunglasses must first have "UV 400" protection to do their job correctly. There are several other criteria to consider when choosing sunglasses. Here are 3 reasons to buy your next pair of sunglasses from an eye care professional.

1. Buy sunglasses from an eye care professional to get expert advice

Our opticians will guide you every step of the way to find THE pair that fits you best! They consider many parameters by evaluating your needs and determining the shape of your face. During an eyewear trial, your skin tone, hair colour, and clothing style will also be considered. And remember that even with this personalized service, the price of sunglasses from an eye care professional is not higher.

Moreover, at IRIS, we will advise you according to the use you will make of it. Do you like to play volleyball? A model with non-slip tips could be helpful to keep your glasses in place. If you spend a lot of time by the water, we recommend polarized lenses, which eliminate glare from the water. Just want to keep up with the latest trends? You have several options!

Our professionals will also be able to explain the differences between the materials. For example, plastic lenses are much lighter than glass lenses, which are becoming less and less available on the market.

2. Personalize your glasses according to your tastes and activities

Sunglasses can be customized according to your prescription and the aesthetic aspect. It is possible to change the colour of your lenses, to let more or less light through, or adapt to specific activities.

For example, pink lenses increase the contrast of greens, so they're recommended for better visibility of elevation changes while playing golf. Want to stand out with your new glasses? Why not try mirrored or gradient tint lenses? Several lens colours are available to match your frame.

3. Choose from a variety of quality models

IRIS stores are full of brand-name sunglasses for the fashion-conscious, such as Michael Kors and Kate Spade. We also have specialized collections of sunglasses, including Maui Jim. When you choose your sunglasses at IRIS, you'll be sure to get a quality product that lasts and keeps up with the latest trends.

Our lenses offer good optical quality without distortion. Distortion can affect vision, but it can also cause headaches for some people. Did you know that cheap sunglasses can be more difficult to adjust? With a quality pair of sunglasses, the fit will be stable and comfortable.

When you buy sunglasses from an eye care professional at any IRIS store in Canada, you get several benefits. You will benefit from an adjustment service available when needed for as long as you own your sunglasses.

Finally, the best way to know if a pair of sunglasses fits you well is to try them on! Make an appointment in one of our IRIS stores to try on your new sunglasses and get advice from vision experts.