Sunglasses have been very popular for several decades. There is a lot of talk and writing about them, but the information is sometimes very contradictory. This is quite understandable — over time, anything becomes overgrown with the most incredible myths, in which it is very difficult to distinguish the truth from a lie.
But it is necessary to know the truth about sunglasses because it is not just an accessory, but an optical device that has a significant impact on your vision. By believing myths that do not correspond to reality, you endanger the health of your eyes. So that you can avoid the risk, we will look at the 9 most common myths about this accessory, and help you distinguish truth from fiction.
Common myths about sunglasses
1. Sunglasses are only needed to protect your eyes from the rays of the bright sun.
This myth contains only a third of the truth. Yes, sunglasses also protect from the bright sun, but their main purpose is protection from ultraviolet rays, which is provided by a UV filter. In addition, not all lenses have protective properties, but only high-quality ones that actually have a coating that blocks ultraviolet light. Absolutely all Torage glasses have UV protection.
2. The darker the glasses are tinted, the better they are.
No, there is no truth in this statement. Intensely darkened lenses without UV400 coating deceive your eyes, creating the appearance of protection. The pupils dilate to adapt to the darkening, and they get even more harmful ultraviolet light than if you were complete without sunglasses.
Even transparent or minimally darkened lenses with a coating that blocks ultraviolet radiation can provide you with better protection than very dark ones without a filter.
3. The more expensive the glasses, the better they protect.
No, the price of sunscreen optics is not a guarantee of high-quality protection, it's a myth. Expensive branded models may not be designed for long-term wear, and are only decorative accessories. And even inexpensive sunglasses can have a coating that blocks UV rays. Therefore, before buying, be sure to check whether the lenses have the necessary sprays. Torege proves that it is possible to combine affordable prices with high quality.
4. Everyone needs to wear sunglasses only in summer.
No, this is completely a myth, and very harmful to those who believe it. The truth is that ultraviolet affects the eyes equally at any time of the year, in any weather, and therefore sunglasses are always needed. Moreover, in winter, lenses with polarization will be even more useful to you than in summer, since at this time of year there is a lot of reflected glare from snow and ice.
5. It is absolutely safe to look at the sun through the lenses of sunglasses.
In no case should you do this, even if your sunglasses have the highest degree of protection. They are not designed for such purposes, you can only look at the sun through specialized devices. If you accept this myth as the truth, you run the risk of retinal burns, damage to the lens and cornea, and generally go blind.
6. Glass lenses are better than plastic ones.
Now sunscreen lenses are made of high-strength and lightweight polycarbonate, which has excellent optical properties. Its main advantage is that, unlike glass, when damaged, polycarbonate does not give dangerous fragments that can injure the eye. So these are also myths that have nothing to do with the truth.
7. Children do not need sunglasses.
If a child is outdoors for a long time, especially at sea or in the mountains, he definitely needs sunglasses. The growing organism has not yet fully formed, children's eyes have not yet developed the ability to cope with the scorching rays of the sun on their own, and need additional protection.
8. The color of the lenses does not matter.
This is partly a myth. The color of the lenses may not matter if you buy accessories only to complement the image, and are going to wear them sometimes and for a short time. For long-term wear throughout the day, the choice of lens color should be taken more carefully. Gray, brown and green lenses will be the most comfortable for sunny weather and will not distort the color reproduction, and all the others can be used only for decorative purposes for short-term wear.
9. Sunglasses damage the eyesight.
This myth can only become true if you wear low-quality accessories with lenses that do not have protective filters. And good sunglasses, on the contrary, help to preserve vision, protecting your eyes from harmful external influences - bright light, ultraviolet, water splashes, dust, and debris carried by the wind.
So do not immediately believe everything that is said about sunglasses – always try to find additional information from trustworthy sources to make sure exactly where the truth and where the myths are. By choosing a Torege, you choose quality and preserve the health of your eyes.