Sunburn of the eye isn’t something you see, let alone hear about every day, but 35% of you guys are unaware that eyes can get a sunburn too. Wowza! You really need to get out more. Just kidding of course, but instead of scarring you with disturbing images(nightmare inducing) of this painful condition, we’ll throw at you one recommendation to avoid it period – polycarbonate sunglass lenses. Besides being lightweight and durable, this option for sunglasses offers the best coverage for your eyes with 100% UVA/UVB protection.
Polycarbonate, polycarb if you want sound techie, is a material made up of thermoplastic polymers. Basically, it’s a plastic that can be easily molded into any given shape. As it turns out, the material was first used to shield the far-travelling eyes of NASA astronauts, and now it’s very popular amongst most leading sunglass brands – especially ones that gear towards children, sports enthusiasts, and active people because of the capability for high performance & needed protection.
These magical lenses turn sunglasses into a lightweight accessory with 100% UV protection. Surprisingly, not all plastic lenses can guarantee 100% UV Protection because their rate of absorption can be as low as 40%. This means that far too many harmful rays are hitting your eyes directly because the lens is passing them through. Your eyes will find better protection with a more trusted lens option like polycarbonate lenses.
Not only is this type of lens lightweight, but also safer and more durable the other lens options. In some cases it can be up to 10x more impact resistant than regular plastic or glass. Now THAT is protection we want to have on our heads. Often used by athletes, polycarbonate lenses keep eyes safe from harm AND have the potential to offer visual acuity and sharpness to help eyes perform.
Finding the right brand that uses polycarbonates is important because even though they have the potential, it doesn’t mean ALL sunglasses are built to help your eyes excel and stay protected. Both Dick’s Sporting Goods and The Sports Authority are great stores that offer a variety of quality styles and brands.
To keep your eyes and eyelids protected from the harsh effects of UV radiation, slip on a pair of protective sunglasses with polycarbonate lenses. Let your eyes rest healthy and happy knowing that they are behind a durable & quality material that will get the job done.