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Buying Guide

Sunglass Buying Guide


Sunglass Buying Guide

  1. Select a Style.

  2. Choose a Pair that Fits Face Shape.

  3. Research Sunglass Components.

  4. Discover Sunglass Features.

  5. Shop Smart.

Select A Style

Choose a sunglass style that fits your personality.  Sporty or elegant , bold or subdued, sunglasses are the perfect accessory to express yourself. 

  • Bi-focal Sunglasses:  These have two separate focal lengths.  The lower portion of the lens has a magnifying power to help focus the eyes while reading.

  • Aviator Sunglasses:  This type of sunglass usually has a metal frame with big, bold lenses.  The frames and lenses both come in a variety of colors. 

  • Celebrity Sunglasses:  Want to look like your favorite star?  Favorite character in a movie?  You can choose from many styles that look exactly like the ones in the movies.

  • Designer Sunglasses:  This syle is made by many of the high-end designers whose clothing you see on the runway.  These are made to complement their clothing lines.

  • Driving sunglasses:  High-contrast lenses set these apart - the lenses on these glasses cut out the glare often seen while driving, and they provide a sharper image.

  • Novelty Sunglasses:  This type will get you noticed at your next costume or theme party.  Be the life of the party in novelty glasses.  Some even offer UV protection.

  • Tattoo Vintage Sunglasses:  These glasses are inspired by some of the most popular romantic vintage flash art available. The vivid colors of the tattoos create a feast for the eyes, while the unisex frames wear well on any skull.

  • Oversized Sunglasses:  This type doubles eye protection coverage around the eyes.  Others are made simply for style.

  • Sunglasses for Sport:  There are all types or sunglasses made for all types of sports.  There are water-resistant ones for those of you in the water, while there are lightweight ones for those of you in the mountains.  Whether you're on land or sea, there is a style perfect for you.

Choose a Pair that Fits Face Shape

  • For Round Faces:  For those with a round face, wear styles that are at least as wide as the broadest part of your face.  Angular and rectangular frames will add definition to your face.

  • For Oval Faces:  If you have an oval face, you can wear any frame, so pick according to the style that matches you.  You can wear anything from wrap-arounds to aviators.

  • For Square Faces:  Choose sunglasses with oval or round frames to soften shape if you have a square face.  

  • For Triangular or Heart-Shaped Faces:  Try to draw attention away from a sharp jaw with frames that have straight lines, such as an aviator.

Research Sunglass Components

  1. Sunglass Lens Materials

  • Glass Lenses:  These offer the best clarity, but they aren't lightweight.

  • Plastic Lenses:    These are lightweight lenses that are found in most sunglasses, but these can become scratched easily.

  • Polycarbonate Lenses:    This type is very durable and shatter-proof.

      2.    Sunglass Lens Colors

  • Clear: Can still offer UV ray protection without dimming light.

  • Grey:  Dim light but do not distort colors.

  • Red:  Distort images somewhat, however they offer contrast enhancement.

  • Brown and Green:  Minimal color distortion, while still offering contrast enhancement.

  • Orange and Yellow:  Great depth perception and they offer the most color contrast.

      3.    Sunglass Frames

  • Metal:  This type of frame is strong and inflexible, so they can break if twisted.  They can come in a variety of colors.

  • Nylon:  These flexible, lightweight frames are often used in sports. 

  • Plastic:  This inexpensive type is lightweight and durable.          

Discover Sunglass Features

  • UV Ray  Protection:  Sunglasses with ultra-violet protection shield your eyes from permanent sun damage such as cataracts.  Recommended standards for UV protection in sunglasses is 60% UVA protection and 70% UVB protection.  There are some sunglasses that offer up to 100% UV protection.  Keep in mind that lens tint does not indicate UV protection.  Buyers should check the label for information prior to purchasing.

  • Mirrored Lenses:  The reflective nature of these lenses filter some of the light and come in a variety of colors.

  • Polarized Lenses:  They reduce glare that bounces off shiny surfaces such as water or snow.  Some of the scattered light from our atmosphere is diffused with these lenses also.

  • Scratch-Resistant Lenses:  These can be either plastic or polycarbonate.  Because of the treatment on the lenses, they are more durable.  An added coating to the lenses adds even more protection from scratches.

  • Prescription:  This type allows you to maintain your 20/20 vision while providing protection from the sun.  Some of these sunglasses even transition from light to dark depending on your environment.

  • High-Contrast Lenses:  Can be orange or yellow lenses which offer contrast filtering.  This filtering enhances depth perception.  You may not want to use these while driving due to some color distortion.

 Shop Smart

  • Check Out the Seller:  The website should give the business' name, mailing address (not only a P.O. Box), and a phone number.  Make sure the phone number given is a working number.  Look at the seller's reviews, because if you find unfavorable ones, you may want to shop elsewhere.  Understand all costs, including shipping and taxes.  Check the delivery time, warranty policy, and return policy.

  • Investigate the Security of the Site:  The seller should only use secure server technology.  Look for signs of this, such as a closed padlock on the status bar.  Another way to check is to see if the "http" in the address bar changes to "shttp" or "https" on the screen when you are asked to enter payment information.

  • Understand the Site's Privacy Policy:  Ensure your personal information won't be sold to other companies by reading the privacy policy.  If you don't want your information to be shared with others, find another seller.

  • Choose a Secure Password:  Pick a different password to buy online other than the one that is used to log on to your computer.  Don't use your social security number as a password.  Choose one that has unpredictable characters.  Don't give your password to those who claim to be employees of the online retailer.

  • Use Plastic:  The easiest and safest way to shop online is to use a credit card.  If cash or a money-wiring service is used, there is no way to get your money back if something goes wrong.  If a credit card is used, you can dispute the credit card charge for goods that you didn't receive, never ordered, or were misrepresented to you.

  • Keep Track:  Print and file the copy of the order and confirmation number, so you have a record of the purchase. 

  • Shut It Down:  Shutting down your computer after a purchase is made is a way to protect yourself from scammers trying to get your private information.