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You got all the kids bathed, dressed, and ready to go; you even remembered to put on their sunscreen and sunglasses before they ran out the door for another day of fun outdoors. However, you have the nagging feeling you’re still forgetting something. In your rush to constantly meet everyone else’s needs, it can be difficult to remember to take care of yourself, but wearing sunglasses or prescription safety glasses anytime you go outdoors is an important way to keep yourself safe and set a great example for your children to follow. If you’re in the market for a new pair of shades, here are seven features to consider.
1. UV Protection
Any time you purchase a pair of sunglasses, you should always check to make sure that your eyewear provides complete UV protection. Ideally, the glasses should block 100% of UV rays. Just because glasses are tinted or polarized does not mean they also provide this protection, so look for a label. Just like UVA and UVB rays can harm your skin and even cause skin cancer, your eyes can experience significant damage from too much exposure to the sun.
2. Scratch-Resistant Lenses
While you may assume that any pair of sunglasses will do, investing in a pair of prescription safety glasses that are treated with an anti-scratch coating is worth it. In the busyness of your life, it can be difficult to keep track of your new sunglasses. Before you realize what’s happening, they may end up on the floor of your car, at the bottom of your purse, or in the hands of your destructive toddler. Purchasing a pair of eyewear that won’t break if dropped and can resist scratches from little fingernails can save you from having to buy a new pair before the week is over.
3. Impact-Resistant Lenses
When searching for glasses that are impact-resistant, limit your search to eyewear made from polycarbonate lenses, which are much more durable than other glasses lens materials. Also search for a frame that is flexible and strong, such as nylon or titanium. A good way to speed up your search is to look for glasses that are ANSI-rated. While this certification is often used as a requirement for prescription safety glasses used in the workplace or during potentially hazardous activities, it is a good indicator that your glasses can withstand your hectic lifestyle.
4. Polarized Lenses
For days spend at the beach or any time you are battling sun glare during outdoor adventures with the kids, polarized lenses can help enhance clarity and make your eyes feel less fatigued at the end of the day. This type of eyewear can also help keep you safer and more comfortable while you drive by blocking the reflected light that comes off the road, cars, or any other surfaces. Polarized lenses also offer protection from blue light; however, this means that digital screens may look distorted when you have your sunglasses on.
5. Photochromic Lenses
For moms who need prescription sunglasses that correct their vision in addition to offering sun protection, photochromic lenses are a great choice. This technology allows the lenses to change their tint in response to the lighting conditions. Also often called transition lenses, these glasses have clear lenses indoors and when it is dark outside but darken when exposed to sunlight. This allows busy moms to only have to worry about wearing one pair of glasses throughout the day.
6. Cat-Eye Frames
If you don’t have much time in the morning to accessorize, putting on a fashionable pair of sunglasses can quickly make you look more stylish with minimal effort. For a unique look sure to make you stand out, consider cat-eye frames which include rounded frames with points near each temple. This type of eyewear best complements an oval or heart face shape. Opt for bold colors and designs if you really want your glasses to pop out.
7. Rectangular or Oval Frames
Alternatively, some busy parents would rather opt for a simpler frame shape that can match practically any outfit. Rectangular or oval frames offer a classic look that fits most face shapes. Plain black or metal frames can be paired with many different colors and styles. With simple glasses like these, you can just grab your sunglasses and put them on without even needing to look in the mirror before you leave.
At Safety Gear Pro, we understand that you live a busy life, which is why we make it easier than ever for you to find a new pair of Rx sunglasses at a price tag you can afford. Look through our stylish frames until you find one that best meets your lifestyle and preferences. Then quickly customize the lenses with any extra coatings and features you want, such as a polarized film, scratch-resistant coating, or photochromic lenses. Lastly, submit your prescription and you’ll have new glasses on their way to your doorstep in no time.
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