Tips for choosing sunglasses

Tips for choosing sunglasses

Choosing a new pair of sunglasses can be quite tricky and it’s now that time of year when the weather is becoming warmer and the sun is making a regular appearance. To help you choose your summer sunglasses (and to celebrate our 20th anniversary) we’ve collected 20 features to consider when choosing sunglasses…


  1. UV protection - It’s crucial to ensure your eyes are fully protected from harmful UV rays. Look for sunglasses that offer 100% protection against UVA & UVB rays.
  2. Interchangeability – If you want your sunglasses to offer protection and great visibility in all weathers and like the idea of having control over which lenses you use, choose interchangeable sunglasses.
  3. Polarised  Polarised lenses eliminate glare and provide vivid colour contrast, a great combination for outdoor wear and activities around water.
  4. Photochromic – Light reacting lenses, such as the Chromafusion 2.0, offer protection against low to high sunlight without the need to change lenses, great for cycling and running where distractions can slow you down.
  5. Mirror coatings – platinum tints and mirror lens coatings provide extra protection against stronger sunlight and reduce glare making them perfect for when you’re abroad or on the ski slope. They also offer an individual and fashionable look for the season!
  6. Anti-fog – If you are planning to participate in high speed sports this summer consider features that can combat fogging of the lenses. Look at lenses with advanced anti-fog technology, such as the Chromafusion 2.0, or high cuts to increase air flow.
  7. Sun rating – When choosing a pair of sunglasses have a think about where you are going to be wearing them. Light-reacting and interchangeable options provide protection against a wide range of sunlight, from clear to strong (category 0 – 3). If you’re going abroad or wearing them where the sun is particularly strong consider protection against strong light (category 3) with a mirror coating.
  8. Lens Shape – Different lens shapes are suited to different people, sports and preferences. For cycling, a one piece lens is popular as the view is not distorted by frames. A high lens cut will increase the air flow and can help to combat fogging whereas a medium lens cut will provide air flow but also good coverage. Wide lenses provide protection from all angles and good coverage.
  9. Lens Colours – Different lens colours and tints work well for different sports and lifestyles, for example consider a gradient lens or brown lens for better vision of a golf ball.


  1. Frame shape – Think about which frame shape would suit your needs best; wraparound frames are great for sports such as golf as they provide protection against sunlight, wind and debris whereas sleeker frames are great for sports such as running and cycling as they are ultra-lightweight and won’t move around with movement. Flat arms are also great for wearing underneath hats and helmets.
  2. Frame Fit - Consider your face shape and size when choosing sunglasses. There are collections that are designed for petite, smaller face shapes as well as larger, wider face shapes.
  3. Component parts –Rubber sleeves help to keep sunglasses secure whilst adjustable and flexible nose pads are available to offer maximum comfort.
  4. Frame features – If you love being around water, whether that’s fishing or sailing, floating frames are ideal!
  5. Colour – Of course this is personal preference but consider different colours and designs when choosing sunglasses, have a think about the sports kit you’ll be wearing this year or the feel of your holiday destination.



  1. Prescriptions – don’t let prescription needs hold you back, take a look at prescription sports performance sunglasses such as the Sunwise RX range.
  2. Price – of course a big factor but something you should consider alongside the features you want. If you want a great pair of all-rounder’s, such as the Essentials range, they’ll suit any budget but if you’re looking for innovative lens technology such as photochromic and advanced anti-fog you should raise your budget expectations slightly.
  3. Storage/protection – Once you’ve brought a pair of sunglasses it’s important you have a pouch or case for storage when not in use to protect them and preserve the optical quality.
  4. Sports/Use – Have a think about how and where you want to wear the sunglasses as this can help when choosing eyewear, for example if you would like a pair for all your day to day activities or a separate pair for wearing at the weekends and a pair for cycling.
  5. Brand, trust and guarantees – Make sure you trust the brand you are buying from and they have good reviews, it’s also good to take a look at their guarantees.
  6. Where to buy – Consider visiting your local stockist to try on the sunglasses or if you have any questions about buying online make sure you ask before purchasing!

To find out more and view the Sunwise range click here.

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