Sunglasses not only protect the eyes from the bright sun, but are also an accessory that transforms a man. Correctly chosen sunglasses can make their owner more masculine and brutal or, conversely, more mysterious and businesslike. That is why choosing the right sunglasses is as important a decision as choosing a watch.
When choosing frames, the following factors should be considered:
- Face shape
- Clothing style
- Personal preferences
- You should also consider the lenses that go with the frame. After all, the main function of black-framed glasses is to protect you from the sun.
You should not buy glasses just because famous actors wear them and they look spectacular.
To choose men’s eyeglasses, you need to familiarize yourself with their main features. It is important to know the most popular types of accessories, types and materials of lenses and to correctly assess the shape of the face.
Types of men’s glasses
The frame and lenses of sunglasses can have different shapes. Even if the shape is different only externally, the color of the lenses can also affect the functionality of the accessory. Therefore, it is important to pay attention to the color and choose only those lenses that really serve the main purpose – protection from UV radiation.
There are two types of lens materials for eyewear: polymer and glass. Glasses with polymer lenses are much lighter and will not break, and glass lenses are less likely to deform and provide UV protection.
The color of the lenses in different models of eyeglasses can be very different, up to and including exotic acidic colors. However, the main eye safe colors are as follows
1. Gray and gray-green. Less eye strain and discoloration.
2. Brown, green. Increase contrast.
3. Yellow. Relieves eye fatigue.
4. Orange. Dims bright light, ideal for night use.
5. Mirrored. Ideal for sun protection and does not heat up.
6. Chameleon. Changes color with the light and adapts to your vision.
Do not buy sunglasses with purple, red or blue lenses as they distort vision and severely impair color perception.
Ophthalmologists strongly discourage the regular use of cheap sunglasses with gray or black lenses. Not only do they not protect you from the sun, but they also increase eye strain.
Shapes of men’s glasses
Eyeglasses can have different shapes and types. However, with the exception of non-standard or designer glasses, there are six basic types of glasses:
Spectacles with drop-shaped lenses, usually with thin metal frames. Originally designed by Ray-Ban for aviators. Fits most face shapes.
Have trapezoidal lenses and lightweight plastic frames. Fits round, oval and drop-shaped faces.
The main difference between this model and the others is that they have a flatter, round shape. They are usually smaller in size and have a thinner frame.
Once considered feminine, these shapes are now available for men. Suitable for bright and unusual images.
Unique sunglasses with a large top part of the frame and a nearly invisible bottom part.
This model complements any look.
To determine the shape of your face, just look in the mirror or at a photo of your full face, make sure your hair and accessories do not cover your face, and visually assess your appearance.
Material and color of the frame
The material and color of the frame is purely a personal choice. Most styles today are made of plastic or metal. Designer frames can also be made of wood, precious metals or glass.
It is important that the materials used for the frame and temples do not cause allergies.
The color should be chosen according to the outfit in which the glasses will be worn. If you do not have any special preferences or you are not sure that such frames will match your image, you can always choose models in classic black or other dark shades.
Functionality of sunglasses
Sunglasses have two functions:
Protect against the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays;
To absorb and attenuate bright light.
The aesthetic qualities of the frame and how it fits the shape of your face are secondary, unless you buy them to complement a particular look.
Protection from radiation
The wavelength of sunlight is 380 nanometers. That is why quality sunglasses are labeled UV 400, meaning they absorb radiation up to 400 nanometers. An additional 20 nanometers of wavelength is necessary for the glasses to protect the eyes and reduce visual strain.
The fact that sunglasses protect against UV radiation has nothing to do with the level of light transmission. Quality sunglasses will protect your eyes at any level of light transmission. Dark lenses with low light transmission are better for bright sunlight, while lighter lenses with higher light transmission may be more comfortable in less bright light. The choice depends on the wearer’s comfort and the conditions in which they will be used.
The darkening level of sunglasses
There are five categories:
Category 0 – 80-100% of light passes through the lens. This category includes glasses with clear lenses used for medical vision correction.
Category 1 – 43-80% of light passes through the lens. This category includes models for everyday wear. They can be used in cloudy weather and indoors as a fashion accessory.
Category 2 – Medium type that transmits 18-43% of light. Designed for use in diffuse light conditions. All sunglasses with yellow lenses fall into this category.
Category 3 – transmits only 8-18% of light – the most common lens power. They reliably protect the eyes from bright sunlight and are ideal for summer, beach vacations and sports.
Category 4 – allows only 3-8% of light to pass through. Lenses in this category are not suitable for everyday wear and are intended for a limited purpose – to be worn in places with strong sunlight and reflective surfaces, such as in the mountains or on the water. It is important to note that category 4 lenses are not suitable for drivers.
There are many different types of eyeglasses, frames and lenses. To make the right choice, you just need to know the basic principles of selection and understand the different types of accessories. Properly selected eyewear will help change a person’s image and reliably protect their eyes from the sun and bright light.