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3 Types of Sunglasses to Avoid

Everyone has heard about the benefits of wearing sunglasses to protect the eyes, but this doesn’t mean that just any pair goes. In fact, certain types of sunglasses will fail to safeguard your eyes and instead only give you a false sense of security. Here’s a look at three types of shades that don’t get the job done properly, so you know to avoid them when you’re shopping for the best sunglasses for protection.

1. Designer and/or tinted shades that don’t offer the right level of eye protection.

There’s a misconception that the more expensive the glasses, the higher the protection they offer. This isn’t the case. You could buy a $600 pair of designer sunglasses, but if it’s not guaranteed to block 100% of UVA and UVB rays, your eyes will suffer the consequences - no matter the price tag.

Similarly, there’s a myth that darker or more tinted lenses are the best option for eye protection. Again, what matters most is that the shades you choose give 100% UV protection. Whether they’re polarized, dark, amber, polycarbonate, from a designer store or from the drugstore, this is the number one factor that makes the biggest difference.

2. Slim or cat-eye sunglasses.

There was a trend of wearing narrow sunglasses that emerged a couple years back, and it was very harmful to the eyes. While such styles are thankfully not quite as trendy today, thin sunglasses frames are still out there and it’s important you know these are bad for your eyes. The truth is that the bigger your sunglasses lenses are, the more protection your eyes will get.

Even if your lenses aren’t of the uber narrow variety, they still may not be large enough. Aim to get sunglasses with lenses that completely cover your eyes and eye orbits (the bones surrounding your eyes), ideally that wrap around the side as well. Let’s move on from these damaging trends and bring back the Jackie O’ sunglasses trend; it’s best for your eyes.

3. Scratched sunglasses.

No one sets out to buy a pair of sunglasses with scratches on them, but unfortunately this is how many of them end up. If you don’t store your shades in a protective case or sleeve, they’ll almost certainly get banged up over time. While the marks may not bother you consciously, it’s not a good idea to wear sunglasses with scratched lenses. Whether you realize it or not, your eyes will have to work harder to see through them and you could end up with eye strain. So, get rid of any sunglasses that are already scratched and take care of any new ones you get to prevent scratches.

If you’re in need of a pair of prescription sunglasses, our Horizon Laser Vision locations throughout the Phoenix area offer the ability to get an eye exam with one of our amazing doctors. You can also stop into Horizon Optical, a premier optical shop, to view our large range of products to suit any style and need.


We highly recommend wearing sunglasses with 100% UV protection, in order to keep your eyes and vision in tip-top shape. Just make sure you’re choosing high quality options that truly offer the best eye protection available. Contact us today to ask about our exams or to schedule an appointment to see the sunglasses we have for sale.