How to Choose Sunglasses

A Change in Seasons is A Great Time to Change Sunglasses

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The River Jetty by Maui Jim Sunglasses

The change in seasons is the perfect time to purchase a new pair of sunglasses because sunglass companies come out with new styles. But, what should you look for as you shop?

There are thousands of stylish, colorful options on the market, but your first priority should be eye protection. The lens materials, color of the lenses and the coatings defend your eyes from the dangers of the sun; and there are different options for different outdoor light conditions.

Over time, sun exposure can increase the chances of developing cataracts, age-related macular degeneration or glaucoma that can seriously impair vision and be irreversible. Without eye protection, by the time you turn 60-years-old, your eyes will be exposed to as much UV light as is created by a nuclear blast. About 86 percent of melanomas and 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure UV rays. All Maui Jim sunglasses have been recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective UV filter for the eyes and surrounding skin.

PolarizedPlus2® lens technology will make you see things differently (in a good way.)

 Glare reflecting off of smooth, flat or shiny surfaces also poses risks. It will cause eye fatigue and can severely affect visual acuity. Many sunglasses only block glare that hits the front of the lenses. Maui Jim is one of the only companies whose lenses block 99.9 percent of glare from above, below and behind each lens. They also use anti-reflective treatments that are specifically designed to eliminate eye fatigue. In the case of Maui Jim, their PolarizedPlus2® lens technology also uses three rare earth elements and other compounds in the lenses to enhance the colors, depth of field and definition of what you see. Their lens technology is so sophisticated that it cuts glare on the water so that you can see fish underneath the surface and improves vision through rain and falling snow.

Choosing the right lens material for how you use your sunglasses is also important. Glass lenses offer the clearest edge-to-edge optics. However, glass lenses are not designed for active sports where they might break. In this situation, purchase polycarbonate or some of the new hybrid lenses. Maui Jim’s MauiPure™ lens is the world’s clearest non-glass lens that is also feather-light, scratch- and impact-resistant.

Choosing a lens color should be based on the conditions in which you will wear your sunglasses. Neutral Grey lenses offer the highest level of light reduction for bright, sunny days. Maui Jim’s HCL® Bronze lenses are a warm brown tint to improve vision in variable light conditions. Maui Rose® lenses are blush-colored for maximum contrast during fast-moving sports. Maui HT™ is a palm green color that is good for when other lenses would be too dark.

Prescription sunglasses offer crisper vision than wearing contacts with sunglasses. For up-close vision to read maps, tie fishing knots, make cell phone calls, etc., Maui Jim’s MauiReaders® have hidden bifocals encased in lightweight polycarbonate lenses with PolarizedPlus2 technology.

You should try on a variety of sunglass styles, shapes and frame materials to find what looks best on your face. Remember, good sunglasses are about eye protection. First decide when and how you wear your sunglasses; then choose a lens material, lens color and frame style that offer features for the activities in which you wear them.