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Best Polarized Sunglasses For Runners Reviewed

last updated Oct 07, 2018

On the hunt for the best polarized sunglasses? If so, then we have you covered here! Here you will find the best options to choose from this season, take a look!

The best polarized sunglasses are important because glare from reflected light can be annoying, and even worse, may cause pain and damage over time. Normal sunglasses don’t block this reflected light, but polarized sunglasses do the job expertly.

A pair of polarized lenses does give advantages over glasses which have not be polarized. The advantage is that they will reflect light which bounces up from surfaces, the lens will filter the light giving a clear different view. These lenses will reduce the negative effects of glare by blocking light reflections. Water is known to reflect light but polarized lenses will block the reflecting light and let you see through the water more clearly.

When wearing polarized glasses there is no need to squint, eyes work naturally and you are much less prone to developing red irritation, tired eyes or headaches which can be caused by light reflection. Images and colors become much clearer and you can see far more details while wearing the glasses in daytime hours but it has to be said, the lenses are not for driving in darkness, slalom skiing or watching a movie on an LCD screen.

Below you will find our top 10 best polarized sunglasses, along with their pros and cons and what to look for before making your purchase!

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Last Updated: October 7, 2018
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Our most recent update brings the Tifosi Wisp Sunglasses. They are a bit pricey but really durable and one of the best options to choose from--they are actually at the top of our list! Make sure to take a look below at our FAQ section as well as the factors we considered when putting together our list.

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In Depth Review Top 10
  • Tifosi Wisp
  • Duco Sport
  • Oakley Radarlock Path
  • Under Armour Igniter 2.0 Storm
  • Hulislem Blade Sport
  • Native Lynx
  • Revo Descend N
  • Paerde Men's Sport
  • Rivbos Sport
  • Bolle Speed
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  • Criteria Used for Evaluation
  • Other Factors to Consider
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Sources

Best Polarized Sunglasses for Runners

1. Tifosi Wisp

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.8
Tifosi Wisp
Comfort
98
Protection
97
Durability
99
Weight
94
Price
81
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Pros:

Stylish

100% UVA and UVB protection

Secure fit

Prevents lenses from fogging up

Lightweight

Cons:

Small frame

These are a great option for all athletes and runners out there. They provide you with a secure fit, look great, and provide you with the protection you need while out in the sun.

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Comfort/Stability
These sunglasses are really comfortable and versatile. They provide a secure fit (thanks to their temple and nose pads) and won't slip and slide everywhere--even on your sweatiest runs. The frames are small, so if you have a smaller face they are a perfect option for you! Their vented design ensures they don't fog up so you can see as well as ensure you get the ventilation you need.

Effectiveness
The Tifosi Wisp sunglasses come with 3 interchangeable lenses--so you can choose your preferred level of tint. They are highly durable and scratch-resistant and provide you with 100% UVA and UVB protection from the sun.

Cost
These are really expensive but definitely worth the price if you are looking for a great pair of classes to invest in.

2. Duco Sport

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.4
Duco Sport
Comfort
93
Protection
95
Durability
91
Weight
92
Price
96
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Pros:

Excellent price point.

Nice flexible ergonomic design.

They are decent if you have a wide head.

Lots of styles to choose from

Cons:

Not as much colour and vividness as some other options.

Not the best durability.

The hinges on the frames can be a little temperamental.

These are a good low-cost option with a number of designs. They don’t have the smart touches of some higher-end options but if you’re looking for something basic but effective, they’re a very good option. They’re suitable for the running of any description and have great frame strength.

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Comfort/Stability
The ergonomic design of these gives flexibility and adjustability, which makes for a decent custom fit. The nose pad has a decent grip and they’re a good option if you have a wide head.

Effectiveness
For the price, if you want a basic option, they’re very good. That said, the colors aren’t as vivid with these, and they don’t offer as much clarity. The durability also isn’t the best on this list, as the polarised coating can wear away after a time.

Cost
This is where these really shine – for the price, they’re great.

3. Oakley Radarlock Path

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.2
 Oakley Radarlock Path
Comfort
97
Protection
95
Durability
98
Weight
96
Price
80
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Pros:

Great colors.

Excellent grip.

Nice airflow to prevent steaminess.

Customizable fit with changeable nose pads.

Nice aesthetic design.

Cons:

Very expensive.

A little narrow for some people.

The lenses are a little hard to clean.

Oakley is a very well-known name in top-quality sunglasses, and these are perhaps the best ones they offer. They look very good with a particularly distinctive design and they’re very good at what they do, with a great range of features.

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Comfort/Stability
These are super comfortable and the special design helps to increase grip when you’re at your sweatiest. They are designed to channel airflow properly which gives nice comfort and stops you from getting steamed up. They’re lightweight and the changeable nose pads offer a customizable fit. They are a little too narrow for some.

Effectiveness
With Oakley, you know what you’re getting, and they block sunlight very well while offering clear vision and abilities designed for athletes. All colors pop in these for great vision. That said, the lenses are a little hard to clean.

Cost
This is the only real downfall here. Compared to many others on this list, these really are a pricey option

4. Under Armour Igniter 2.0 Storm

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93
Under Armour Igniter 2.0 Storm
Comfort
91
Protection
89
Durability
93
Weight
97
Price
95
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Pros:

Good low-cost option.

Colours pop in these.

Very strong frame and lenses.

Wrap-around style.

Stay in place well.

Cons:

A small amount of users have found slight durability issues.

A little tight for some.

These sunglasses have a titanium infused frame for good strength and an excellent lightweight fit, and they’re not as pricey as some other high-end competitors. The lenses are up to ten times stronger than traditional lenses, which should keep them lasting for a while. The vision on these is really sharp and provides nice vivid colors.

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Comfort/Stability
They’re more lightweight than some others on this list and the grip fit keeps them in place really effectively. They are a little tight for some, which you might want to consider if your head is wide.

Effectiveness
The wrap-around style keeps you fully protected from the sun while the lenses keep things light and makes colours and details pop, which is good if you like to trail run in scenic conditions.

Cost
If you want something reputable and well-known for a relatively low price point, these are perhaps your best option.

5. Hulislem Blade Sport

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.4
Hulislem Blade Sport
Comfort
95
Protection
91
Durability
84
Weight
97
Price
95
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Pros:

Good price point.

The lenses stay in place well.

Wrap-around design.

Don’t slip when you sweat.

Comfortable.

Cons:

Not the best durability.

Can fog up a little.

Aren’t suited to very heavy rain.

Not the sturdiest design

These are another decent low-cost option and the polycarbonate frame is designed for a lightweight feel. They are designed for exercise so they will keep you running. The lenses are held in place at three points and the wrap-around design combats side glare.

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Comfort/Stability
These protect well without being too shaded, so the vision is overall pretty good. They stay in place really well when moving and sweating without any uncomfortable rubbing, which some of the low-cost options can sometimes suffer from.

Effectiveness
They aren’t the most durable and probably aren’t suitable for really heavy rain. The material is not as strong and sturdy as other options. But if you want something that will block out glare for a low-cost price, these will do it. They sometimes can fog up a little.

Cost
A good low-price option!

6. Native Lynx

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92
Native Lynx
Comfort
96
Protection
94
Durability
95
Materials
93
Price
82
Pros:

Good for wide faces.

Fog-free.

Give good clarity and depth perception.

Interchangeable lenses.

Cons:

They’re not as well-known or well-tested as most others on this list.

These come in a range of colors and are designed to give clarity and colour while blocking glare, which helps to you to see properly on those long runs. The side vents on the glasses keep your lenses fog free, no matter how sweaty you might get.

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Comfort/Stability
These have good grip both on the nose and the temple to keep them in place while you’re running. They are suitable for larger profiles, which is good if you’re seeking something a little bigger than your average glasses. They are overall very comfortable and pretty lightweight.

Effectiveness
They do the job excellently and they deliver good contrast and depth perception along with protection from glare. They don’t get steamy as many other glasses can and they’re very effective given their price point. They come with extra lenses which are handily replaceable and include a lens cleaning cloth.

Cost
A little pricey, but definitely worth it.

7. Revo Descend N

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.8
Revo Descend N
Comfort
95
Protection
92
Durability
90
Weight
97
Price
85
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Pros:

Non-stick coating means they won’t get dirty.

Great brightness and colors.

Lots of attractive designs.

Lightweight and flexible.

Cons:

Not ideal if you have a wide head.

The frame is a little flimsy.

A little pricey.

These are a top-quality affair with great protection and excellent colors and brightness. These are lightweight and flexible, which is always a great combination. They come in a number of different designs, all with attractive colors.

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Comfort/Stability
Very comfortable, very lightweight, non-slip and offer a nice versatile fit. They’re made for rounder faces and they might not fit or suit if you have a particularly wide head. The frame is a little flimsy, but unless you’re prone to breaking things, these really shouldn’t get damaged.

Effectiveness
The colours on these really are great. Things pop and shine with these, so you receive great vision. They’re also very light, which means that your vision isn’t too dark or discoloured, which is nice if you’re running somewhere with good views. The coating on the lenses stops mud and dirt from getting caught on the lens if you’re on the trails.

Price
These are somewhat pricey, though they’re worth the investment.

8. Paerde Men's Sport

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.8
Paerde Men's Sport
Comfort
92
Protection
90
Durability
89
Weight
95
Price
93
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Pros:

Lightweight frame

100% UVA and UVB protection

Unbreakable

Lifetime warranty on frames and lenses

Stylish and durable

Gets rid of glares caused from snow, water, ice, etc.

Cons:

Some said they are too wide

These effective yet stylish polarized sunglasses are lightweight and unbreakable. Paerde's sunglasses adjust to fit your face, and they come with a lifetime warranty.

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Comfort/Stability

These are made out of aluminum magnesium metal alloy which makes the frames strong and light. They are so light you can barely tell they are even on your face. The frames and soft rubber nose pad adjust to fit you just right.

Effectiveness
Paerde's sunglasses give 100% UV400 protective coating blocking out 100% harmful UVA and UVB rays. They block any glare you might get whether it is from snow, rain, ice, street lights, water or just the sun. They restore the natural color of things, and protect your eyes from the reflective light, and scattered light.

Cost
These are low in cost for such an effective product. It also comes with a lifetime warranty for the unbreakable frames, and lenses. Paerde also includes a 20-day money back guarantee so if you don't like how they fit, or work you can return them for a full return.

9. Rivbos Sport

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.4
Rivbos Sport
Comfort
95
Protection
90
Durability
87
Weight
92
Price
93
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Pros:

Good bargain option.

Snug fit.

Flexible, which gives versatility.

Interchangeable lenses.

Lifetime guarantee.

Cons:

The frame is a little flimsy.

It can be difficult to switch out the lenses.

Not the best for narrow faces.

These come with a selection of non-polarized interchangeable lenses (the main dark lens is indeed polarized) and they’re built for sports. They’re another decent option if you’re looking to save a few bucks and they come with a lifetime guarantee on the frame.

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Comfort/Stability
They have a snug fit and are decent on a wide face, which means they might not offer the best fit if you have a narrow face. They sit nicely on the nose and they’re fairly flexible, which gives them some versatility.

Effectiveness
The interchangeable lenses are a nice touch if you don’t always need something polarised. The colours aren’t as vivid with more expensive options on this list and the durability isn’t the best, but they’re a quality buy and they will protect you will. They won’t slip when you get sweaty and although the frame is a little flimsy, the lifetime guarantee means that you’re covered forever. It’s a little hard to switch the lenses.

Cost
Good if you’re looking to save a few bucks!

10. Bolle Speed

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.2
Bolle Speed
Comfort
92
Protection
95
Durability
93
Weight
94
Price
82
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Pros:

Fairly affordable.

Good grip.

Excellent vision.

Very good durability.

Wide lenses for all-round protection.

Cons:

Not as well-tested as others on this list.

They don’t have a nose grip, which some people may not like.

These are a good compromise between being affordable, recognized, and of very high quality. The lenses are very strong and light and they’re designed for sports. These offer good vivid colors.

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Comfort/Stability
The wide lenses give good all-round protection and these are overall very comfortable. They don’t have a nose piece which is unusual for exercise glasses, but they still stay in place and won’t slip and slide when things get sweaty.

Effectiveness
They’re great at blocking glare and their durability is excellent, so they should last a while.

Cost
Not the cheapest on this list, nor the most expensive. If you want something affordable but very good, these are a decent option.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Comfort

If you plan on wearing your sunglasses for a long time during your training sessions (walking or running), you will definitely sweat a lot. That is why its good to look for fit, comfort, anti-fogging and the type of lens tint. Finding the right pair is key to your comfort, whether you are running in the park or in the street.

Protection

The main reason a runner buys sports sunglasses is to ensure they are protected from UVA and UVB radiation when running. Polarized sunglasses are able to reduce the glaring effect a runner experiences when running under direct sunlight. Sunlight glares also come from the sun’s reflection and from any shiny surface like a pool of water, a passing car etc. With a reduction in the sun’s glare, the wearer can have a better visual acuity, this can be achieved even in the brightest conditions When you protect your eyes from UVA, you minimize how often your eyes strain during bright conditions and also protects your eyes from debris and other harmful flying objects.

Durability

Go for sunglasses that have high quality as they will not offer durability but also protection from UV sunlight. Be cautious of sunglasses of low quality as they can affect your eyesight and not be able to provide the needed protection.

Metal Frame: one thing about metal frames is the ability to adjust it on your face it is not rigid as plastic and it offers minimum obstruction to your vision field. it usually costly and also doesn’t last long compared to other frames sometimes not considered for more industrious activities. having in mind that metal conducts heat and especially when left in an environment like an inside a closed car and can be hot to the user which may cause discomfort during your workout. Keep in mind that metal can get too hot to wear if left in a closed-up car. Common metals include titanium, stainless steel, and aluminum.

Nylon This one is a bit cheaper weighs less and is more long lasting compared to metal .some frames made of nylon can be a pain in the ass as they cannot be adjusted for use in sporting activities unless they possess a wire that can be adjustable from the inside.

Acetate: Most commonly known as handmade, they are in the family of plastic but are high styled popular glasses.they are not all that flexible but come in a variety of colors, and they are not meant for more intense sporting activities.

A polymer that is Castor-Based: This one is a natural, having been made from castor plants it lacks the petroleum-based elements, it is more durable and often weighs less compared to the other frames.

Materials

Many sports sunglasses have a more firm grip that is enhanced with temple ends and nose pads. Some sports glasses will have interchangeable lenses hence the ability to make adjustments that suit different light conditions and environment. If you will be participating in any sporting activity it’s more sensible to have glasses that are shattered and scratch resistant. Specialist running glasses now feature non-slip nose pads, super-lightweight adjustable frames, interchangeable lenses and careful design to ensure ventilation and prevent fogging

You should look at the material used in making the lenses. Many lenses are made of glass, plastic or polycarbonate. Lens made from the hard resin of are most when making sunglasses for sporting events and activities. This is because they are resistant to any degree of shattering. Most sunglasses are scratch resistant. This comes very handily if you have children in the house, or you always leave your sunglasses lying around. The glass lens is also common. A typical glass lens will have a flash coating that is light blue in color and normally is in form of a mirror coating flash. Sometimes they can have a silver or gold coating. Many of the glass lenses have anti-reflective capabilities. The major challenge is that they are delicate, need plenty of care since they have high chances of shattering if dropped down. They are not ideal for outdoors and definitely not for sporting activities. The lenses made of polycarbonate tend to be the lightest weight and durable.

All of these materials may or may not contain mirror coatings and/or double/ single gradient coatings. The lenses with single gradient tend to be shaded, mostly from the top up to the bottom. They get more dark around the bottom. The double gradient ones have shades on both ends. Apart from that, the photochromic coatings tend to lighten and darken depending on the intensity of the sun rays. Amber tinted lenses reduce the glare, brown lenses lessen the strain on the eye. For a more general and versatile functionality, you should opt for lenses that are grey in color. Yellow ones are used in conditions that have low lighting.

Value

Polarized sunglasses for runners can be costly, but then they tend to do a very good job. They protect your eyes and make sure your workout and sporting activity run smoothly with no any interference. They are a very good investment, that every runner should have. Though the above sunglasses are a little costly, they are the best in the market and provide the maximum protection and user ability in terms of making your running experience safe as possible.

Other Factors to Consider

UV Protection

You ought to buy sunglasses which protect you against UVB and UVA radiation. Photokeratitis (eyes sunburn), is caused by exposure to sun rays (UV) for a long time. More exposure to these rays can lead to permanent damage to the eyes, so make your sunglasses can offer optimal protection.

The lenses’ color of your lenses will depend on when you do most of your running and where you do your running. There are multiple tints and styles that will fit into different running lifestyles and schedules.

Clear lenses are used primarily in dark (morning or night) conditions, especially when the wind is blowing, to protect the eyes from tearing and push away debris that may fly towards your face. Use in dark or windy conditions when you want to reduce the eyes from tearing when running. They will offer both protection from objects and clear vision.

Mirrored lenses are most effective when combined with a different tint as they can reduce the amount of sunlight that bounces off the ground or other items around you – this effectively reduces or eliminates any glare. The mirrored lenses are able to enhance the effectiveness of a tinted lens by reflecting sunlight bouncing off the ground, therefore reducing glare

If you run in different environments or conditions, you should buy sunglasses that have lenses that are polarized and interchangeable. As with the other type and variety of sunglasses, a lens that is polarized has a dark or colored coating which reflects or absorbs the light from the sun, meaning minimal light goes into your eye. Most cases, it is advised to get lenses with a lighter color, as they allow for more light. This means you will have a clearer view while wearing the sunglasses; however, there might be some instances where little light is more preferred. The idea is to think about the activity you are planning to do when wearing the glasses, as they determine the lens’ coloring which is ideal for you. Below are some of the most common colors of lenses of polarized sunglasses for runners.

Dark Tints: They come in the following colors: brown, grey, blue, brown and green. They are perfect for sunny and bright conditions with harsh light. They are the most common type of polarized sunglasses and generally come in a dark shade such as blue, green, gray or brown. You will use dark tinted sunglasses for brighter conditions to ensure your eyes are comfortable in the harsh sunlight.

Golden Tints: They are amber, yellow and gold tints. Perfect for low lighting conditions because they have the ability to filter blue light present in the sun rays. When you have them on, it’s easy to see edges and bumps that you might find in a running terrain. Many people generally know them as amber sunglasses. They are fantastic sunglasses for runners especially for lower light running because they will filter out any blue light which can make it more easy to see any hazards where you are running.

Photochromic or Polarized lens: These lenses are ideal and perfect for conditions that are very bright. They are able to cut down the intense glare you might experience, hence reflecting off sand and salt flats. Never the less, their color base is always darker than the normal lenses. Towards day end they will turn to be darker, hence difficult to use it as the shadow gets longer. These runners’ sunglasses are best if you are running on sand or a beach and the glare bothers you, these are the perfect lenses, just keep in mind that they are generally much darker and not good for evening or dusk runs.

Most optical shops have tint samples you can use to help you decide which colors are best for you. Try to evaluate the lenses in lighting conditions that match those you will experience most often during your running. If you participate in running but in a variety of lighting conditions, consider purchasing more than one pair of running sunglasses, with different lens tints in each pair. Some sport sunglasses frames have interchangeable lenses for a variety of lighting conditions

Breathability

When training in rainy and humid conditions or when exercising and you sweat a lot, you need to get glasses with frames that are able to offer great ventilation hence no fogging up of sunglasses. Opt for framesets that can hold the lens, not too close to the face, in order to achieve maximum air circulation. Also look for glasses with coatings that are anti-fog.

Size

A very important factor is fit & comfort. Opt for something light, also nose pieces that are rubberized and earpiece that can be adjusted hence keeping glasses in a more good place. You don’t want your sunglasses falling off your face each time you start to run. The major difference between running sunglasses and the normal sunglasses we wear is that they need to have the best grip and fit on your face. The golden rule is that they are not supposed (especially when doing any running) to come off unless you are removing them from your face. Here are some tips when trying on a pair of sunglasses:

- Frames should fit snugly on your nose and ears, but not pinch or rub.
- The weight of sunglasses should be evenly distributed between your ears and nose. Frames should be light enough to avoid excess
friction on these contact points.
- Your eyelashes should not contact the frame.
- You may be able to adjust the fit of metal or wire-core frames by carefully bending the frame at the bridge and/or temples.
- You may be able to adjust nose pieces by pinching them closer together or farther apart

Bottom Line

UV protection and the type of tint are the most important characteristics of running sunglasses. Other features include:

- Anti-fogging: For a consistently clear view.
- Scratch-resistant: For durability.
- Adjustable nose pads: For customization comfort.
- Interchangeable lenses: For different light conditions.
- Lightweight frames: For comfort

Frequently Asked Questions

q: Q. How will I prevent fogging on my sunglasses?
a:

A. Sunglasses fog up on humid days, making it impossible for one to clearly see things.’ This will totally interfere with your workout sessions. But then you can deal with this situation by using sprays and clothes meant for anti-fogging. Rub the lenses with a cloth having moisture wicking abilities, or place drop of water on the glasses then wipe them with a clean material.

q: Q. How to keep the sunglasses from sliding?
a:

A. Make sure the sports shades, will have a good fit and are not tight. Try on the glasses before you purchase them also consider models with traction grips.

q: Q. If the sun doesn’t bother my eyes, do I still need to have my sunglasses on?
a:

A. Yes. The sun contains UV rays which are damaging and can lead to speculation, photokeratitis, and severe retinal damage.The main reason a runner buys a pair of sunglasses is to ensure they are protected from UVA & UVB radiation when running. Polarized sunglasses are able to reduce the glaring effect a runner experiences when running under direct sunlight. Sunlight glares also come from the sun’s reflection and from any shiny surface like a pool of water, a passing car etc. With a reduction in the sun’s glare, the wearer can have a better visual acuity, this can be achieved even in the brightest conditions When you protect your eyes from UVA, you minimize how often your eyes strain during bright conditions and also protects your eyes from debris and other harmful flying objects.

q: Q. What are the types materials used in making sunglasses lenses and what are the color options?
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A. Many lenses are made of glass, plastic or polycarbonate. Lens made from the hard resin of are most when making sunglasses for sporting events and activities. This is for the major reason, that, they are resistant to any degree of shattering. Most sunglasses are scratch resistant. This comes very handily if you have children in the house, or you always leave your sunglasses lying around in the house. The glass lens is also common. A typical glass lens will have a flash coating that is light blue in color and normally is in form of mirror coating flash. Sometimes they can have a silver or gold coating. Many of the glass lenses have anti-reflective capabilities. The major challenge is that they are delicate, need plenty of care since they have high chances of shattering in case they are dropped down. They are not ideal for outdoors and definitely not for sporting activities. The lenses made of polycarbonate tend to be the lightest weight and durable.

All of these materials may or may not contain mirror coatings and/or double/ single gradient coatings. The lenses with single gradient tend to be shaded, mostly from the upper part up to the bottom. They get more dark around the bottom. The double gradient ones have shades on both ends. Apart from that, the photochromic coatings tend to lighten and darken depending on the intensity of the sun rays. Amber tinted ones reduce the glare, brown lenses reduce strain on the eye. For a more general and versatile functionality, you should opt for lenses that are grey in color. Yellow ones are used in conditions that have low lighting.

q: Q. What color lens is the best for me?
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A.All of these materials may or may not contain mirror coatings and/ or double/ single gradient coatings. The lenses with single gradient tend to be shaded, mostly from the top up to the bottom. They get more dark around the bottom. The double gradient ones have shades on both ends. Apart from that, the photochromic coatings tend to lighten and darken depending on the intensity of the sun rays. Amber tinted lenses reduce the glare, brown lenses lessen the strain on the eye. For a more general and versatile functionality, you should opt for lenses that are grey in color. Yellow ones are used in conditions that have low lighting.

You should look at the material used in making the lenses. Many lenses are made of glass, plastic or polycarbonate. Lens made from the hard resin of are most when making sunglasses for sporting events and activities. This is because they are resistant to any degree of shattering. Most sunglasses are scratch resistant. This comes very handily if you have children in the house, or you always leave your sunglasses lying around. The glass lens is also common. A typical glass lens will have a flash coating that is light blue in color and normally is in form of a mirror coating flash. Sometimes they can have a silver or gold coating. Many of the glass lenses have anti-reflective capabilities. The major challenge is that they are delicate, need plenty of care since they have high chances of shattering if dropped down. They are not ideal for outdoors and definitely not for sporting activities. The lenses made of polycarbonate tend to be the lightest weight and durable.

q: Q. Are more expensive glasses of a much better quality?
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A. Most expensive sunglasses tend to be of high quality, you can also get an affordable but still good pair if you’re a careful shopper. Make sure you get protection from UV. You can also take them to your eye specialist to have the lenses metered to determine the amount of UV that passes through the lenses. That way you can be sure you are getting the most from your sunglasses.

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