As an eyewear brand, it’s imperative that we, not just craft cutting-edge products for you, but, it’s key we give you correct information about everything that surrounds eyewear. Because, we believe that, it’s important to not just have a clear vision, but also a clear mind.
So, without wasting time, here are a few myths and facts about sunglasses that you should be aware of.
Myth #1: Sunglasses with high UV protection are expensive
You don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for a great pair of UV protected lenses because inexpensive ones can also give you full UV protection. According to a research done by the TODAY show, they found that sunglasses that cost Rs 1,301.16 (approx), lived up to their claim of 99.9% UV protection. Polycarbonate is an affordable material, and it helps cut 99.9% UV light, a seamless choice for sunglass and protective eyewear manufacturers because it’s light too.
Myth #2: Darker tinted lenses offer more protective than lenses with a lighter shade
The colour of your lenses has nothing to do with the UV protection of the glasses. A clear lens with no tint and 99.9% UV protection is better than a dark tinted sunglasses without UV protection. Dark lenses without ample UV protection are actually worse for your eyes than not wearing glasses at all, because the shades cause the pupils to dilate, exposing your eyes to harmful UV light.
Myth #3: You should have UV coating on your lenses for extra protection
If the glasses already have UV protection or are polycarbonate, then you don’t require extra protection.
Myth #4: Photochromic lenses don’t block out UV rays as well as sunglasses
It’s all boils down to whether they have UV protection because photochromic lenses provide the same level of UV protection as regular sunglasses.
Myth #5: Polarised and anti-glare lenses are all you need to protect your eyes from UV rays
While polarized and anti-glare lenses offer better image clarity (while you are driving or playing outdoor games), polarised, and anti-glare lenses have nothing to do with UV protection. But with that said (most) polarised lenses offer adequate UV protection.
Myth #6: Lens colour is vital in blocking UV rays
Lens colour has nothing to do with guarding your eyes against UV rays. It all boils down to preference, that's all.
Myth #7: Yellow or amber-tinted lenses offer more protection than regular sunglasses
False: While some experts might think that “Blue Blocker” lenses block additional light waves that might be harmful to your eyes, research has yet to prove this. Although “Blue Blocker” reduces eye strain, for sure.
Myth #8: Children don’t need sunglasses
False: It stems from logic, because for the most part children’s spent more time outside than adults do, right, and we think they need proper UV protection. UV is more like a long-term danger.
Myth #9: You don’t need sunglasses when it’s cloudy
Keep sunglasses for all weathers. For instance, when it gets cloudy, sunglasses with a lighter tint helps. The tint of the lens is not the saviour—it’s the level of UV treatment that is added to the lens during the manufacturing process.
Myth #10: Size doesn't matter
You may be thinking, “As long as I cover my eyes I am safe.” Well, no! Sunglasses with a bigger lens is better. Because the pupils dilate when you wear sunglasses, to allow more light into the eyes. If the frame is not large enough, the UV light will get around the edges of the lens and enter your eyes.
Myth #11: Scratches are fine
Scratches will not affect your vision, but they might tire your eyes as you strain to see through a defective lens.
Myth #12: Sunglasses can expire
We are pretty sure they don’t. In terms of the UV protection, also, no. No studies have suggested that something like this can happen. Scratches might lower the quality of your vision, but nothing more than that.
Myth #13: You need shades only in summer
You don’t need sunglasses in the winters is a common misconception. In the winter, UV rays can reflect off shiny surfaces and enter your eyes. Sunglasses are key to eye protection, regardless of the weather.
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