Whether you're lounging on a beach, strolling through busy city streets, or simply enjoying a sunny day, the right pair of sunglasses is an essential accessory. But with so many options available in store, how can you be sure to choose the perfect pair of sunglasses that combine style, protection and functionality? Here are the different aspects to consider when becoming a wise sunglasses buyer.

UV protection

Protection against ultraviolet (UV) rays is one of the most important features when buying sunglasses. UV rays can cause irreparable damage to the eyes, including cataracts and retinal damage. Ensure the sunglasses offer 100% protection against UVA and UVB rays. 

Lens quality

Sunglasses lenses come in a variety of materials, including plastic and glass. Polycarbonate lenses are lightweight and impact-resistant, while glass lenses offer superior optical clarity. Be sure to choose tough lenses to withstand your lifestyle and activities.

Lens tint and colour

Lens tint not only affects style but also visual perception and glare reduction. Gray or green-tinted lenses offer neutral colour vision and reduce glare without altering colour perception. Brown or amber-tinted lenses improve contrast and are ideal for outdoor activities such as fishing or driving.

The frame

The frame of your sunglasses is just as important as the lenses. Make sure you choose a frame that comfortably fits the shape of your face and offers good support without slipping. Materials like acetate or titanium are durable and lightweight, while spring hinges can help prevent damage caused by twisting.

Polarized lenses

Polarized lenses are designed to reduce glare from reflective surfaces such as water, snow or asphalt. They are particularly useful for driving or outdoor activities. Be sure to choose sunglasses with polarized lenses if you plan to spend a lot of time in reflective environments.

Brand and reputation

When buying sunglasses, it's wise to choose reputable, established brands. Well-known brands tend to offer better quality, warranty and customer service. Trust your IRIS optician when selecting a pair of quality sunglasses.

By following these simple tips, you can become a savvy shopper for your next pair of sunglasses and invest in a pair that protects your eyes and complements your style and outdoor activities. 

So, whether you're looking for the ultimate pair of sunglasses for your sporting adventures or simply to add a touch of style to your look, don't forget to consider these essential factors when making your next purchase.