Sunglasses for Scottsdale, AZ & Phoenix

All sunglasses are not created equal. There can be differences in protection factors from ultraviolet radiation (UVR) and from glare, differences in the quality of the optics of the lenses (affecting how clearly you can see when wearing the glasses), and differences in impact resistance that could protect you from injury.  Here are some features that are important with sunglasses:

  • Need to provide comprehensive protection from UVR.
    • 10% of all malignant melanomas occur on the eyelids.
    • Eyelid skin is the thinnest in our body, and most people do not put sunscreen on their sensitive eyelids
      • UV exposure can lead to irreparable damage.
    • must provide sufficient frame coverage of the eyes and the eyelids.
      • some sunglasses boasting “99% UV blocking” may actually only block 50% of the total UVR by missing the radiation that comes from around the frames, and even from behind (reflecting off the back surface of the lens into the eyes).
  • Glare can be discomforting and debilitating.
    • Sunglasses can reduce glare from:
      • moving from indoors to outdoors,
      • exposure to the sunlight (such as driving toward the rising or setting sun), or
      • reflections off surfaces (e.g., snow, water, or dashboard/windshield).
    • Non-glare and mirror coatings can be customized to reduce glare.
    • Tints can enhance performance in certain activities.  For example:
      • “brown” for sports or activities such as baseball, soccer, or hiking.
      • “yellow” to enhance contrast with cycling or skiing.
      • “gray” for running, basketball or water sports.
    • Polarized lenses can cut out the distracting and disabling surface-level reflections (e.g., off a pool or lake or car winshield).
  • “Optics” refers to the quality of the vision provided by the sunglass lens.
    • Poor optics (even for glasses that include high levels of UVR protection), can distort vision through poor or distorted surface quality.
  • Impact resistance levels can protect the eye from injury from a flying object.
    • Many wear sunglasses during active lifestyle times (hiking, tennis, baseball, running, cycling).
    • Lowest level of impact resistance can be found on “Rx wear (‘street/dress sunglasses’).”
    • Highest level of protection is provided by a lens that will pass a “High Velocity Impact Test (1/4” steel ball traveling at 150 ft/sec.).

Let us help you look your best, play your best, and see your best.  Sunglasses not only provide fashion appeal, but they also provide protection from brightness, glare, ultraviolet radiation, and injury.  Remember, not all sunglasses are created equal, and clearly, sunglasses offer more than meets the eye!