Protecting our eyes from the sun is just as important as applying the proper sunscreen to our skin while outdoors to prevent immediate effects of sunburn and also restrain the cumulative damage the sun can cause to our skin and eyes such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Thank goodness today’s manufacturers are combining fashionable style with high tech lens materials which block out 100% of damaging ultraviolet rays from the sun. Keep in mind, that even on overcast days, UV light penetrates the atmosphere, which means sunglasses should also be worn in the winter.
With so many choices in sunglasses that provide some UV protection, here is a list of six major brands that incorporate the best in lens technology and the science of light and vision to produce some of the world’s most popular and most effective sunglasses judged by how well they provide for the following sun glass features:
- High tech lens technology which promotes clarity and enhances visual acuity
- 100% UV blockage for maximum protection
- 100% Polarization to effectively eliminate glare
- Tough scratch resistant glass or impact resistant plastic
- Light weight materials for maximum comfort
- Limited visible light transmission
- Multiple styles from sport to business professional
Best UV Protection Sunglasses Brand List
Nike Vision Technology markets its sports precision vision equipment as making the difference between losing and winning in your game. They achieve maximum optical clarity by cutting their lenses from that portion of glass where the line of sight perfectly corresponds to the sweet spot of the lens curvature, providing distortion free vision. With 100% UVA/UVB protection and maximum polarization, Nike sunglasses protect from the harsh rays and glare of the sun. Nike has also partnered with Transitions Optical that manufactures patented engineered tints that adapt to changing indoor athletic environments and outdoor light conditions.
Ray Ban Polarized Lenses offer the most recognizable styles in sunglasses available and is by far the best selling brand of eyewear in America. The company was founded in 1937 by Bausch and Lomb to manufacture sunglasses to provide relief for pilots in the Armed Services. Their two most popular styles, the Aviator and Wayfarer are built for high performance, comfort and style. These classic model lens are available with a polarized option to block out reflected glare and absorb 85% of visible light, while reducing eye strain and improving contrast. Select the shades that list 100% UV protection and consider their trademark ‘mirror effect‘ lenses which provides extra protection from reflective surfaces, like ice, snow and water.
Oakley Prizm Lens Technology is also marketed for sports and active wear such as road, golf, field and trail. These lenses are fine tuned for specific sports and enables wearers to better spot subtle changes in road surfaces. The Oakley Two Face Sunglasses are geared towards the surf and skate culture with sunglasses that are lightweight yet durable and feature high definition optics (HDO) for maximum clarity. Multiple frame choices are available such as polished black frame with lens choices from Jade Iridium to Dark Bronze lenses that offer protection from 100% UVA/UVB/UVC and harmful blue light up to 400 nm.
Bobster Technology offers the ultimate in polycarbonate lenses and features a rugged urban and even tactical styling with exceptional durability and protection from high-mass and high-velocity impact. The classic AVA shape is popular among women, with its anti-fog, smoked gradient lenses that offer the best performance in natural color perception. Some styles offer multiple interchangeable lens to change your sunglasses shade to coordinate with your wardrobe. Other styles feature multi-layered mirror coated lenses that eliminate up to 97% of infrared rays and 100% of harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.
No matter which brand of sunglasses you choose, be sure to read the detailed specifications which state whether the sunglasses effectively block out harmful UV rays. Contact us for a wide selection of sunglasses that are not only stylish, but provide maximum eye protection when outdoors.