STYLE-With the approach of summer, the sunglasses are again on all heads. Vintage, glamor, oversize or rock: the trends we would almost forget that besides being a fashion accessory, sunglasses are an indispensable tool for ophthalmic protection.
While aesthetics often outweighs the practice, some precautions should be taken before giving in to impulse buying. HuffPost sets you five rules for optimal sun protection:
1-Where to buy sunglasses?
Not surprisingly, being tempted by a pair of sunglasses unearthed in thrift store or on display in a market, while others, the optician cost more than 200 euros. Must we therefore give in to financial imperatives, the risk of neglecting his protection?
“The main danger of this kind of sunglasses is based on low-quality glasses, make sure that protection is appropriate, regardless of the price, says Gaëlle Chamoun, head of the shop The glasses of the Pont Neuf. Of cheap glasses can be just as protective as a high-end pair.”
2-What sunglasses to choose?
It is sometimes difficult to choose among all indications. However, when choosing his glasses, it is absolutely necessary to check that they comply with the European standard ( “CE”) and they have a protection rating, located 0-4.
“The protective sunglasses 3 are the most recommended in summer: UV protection is assumed at 100% and there is enough contrast to lead with, which is not the case in protection 4 used in the mountains. Gradient lenses, 2 protection are, as for them more comfortable and provide a pleasant reading. ”
3-Do retro sunglasses protect as well as new glasses?
If you have vintage sunglasses that belonged to the parents and to which you hold, make sure that protection is in line with current standards: the best solution is to appraise his sunglasses from a professional.
4-Do dark sunglasses offer better production from the sun?
Consumers naturally tend to prefer tinted glasses with clear lenses which are believed less protective, especially with the emergence of colored glasses. However, according to professionals, it would be a serious mistake.
“Warning warns Gaëlle Chamoun, it should not be confused with visual depth of shade protection. The one and the other have absolutely nothing to do. Although tinted glasses prevent being dazzled, they do not necessarily filter out most harmful rays.”
5-Does frame width affect the protection?
Fans of oversize sunglasses are not necessarily better protected: the shape and width of the frame so very influential reduced on sunscreen. While it is preferable that the frame covers a maximum of ophthalmic surface but in an area overexposed to the sun, only the quality of manufacturing and protective glasses matter.
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