Sunglasses are an important accessory to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. When choosing sunglasses always consider UV protection, vision and comfort before fashion.

When purchasing sunglasses, I look for the following:

UV protection – I only wear sunglasses with UV protection. Extended UV exposure can cause Cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens that can blur vision.

Polarized lenses – I prefer polarized lenses because I find that they reduce the glare on the road surface and car windows. This helps me to see the drivers inside the cars around me so I can see if the drivers are aware of me or have acknowledged my hand signals.

Brown tint – I also prefer a brown tint over a gray tint. I find that the brown tint gives me more contrast when cycling on asphalt roadways and makes it easier to spot obstacles and debris.

Comfort – I do not wear wrap around glasses because I don’t like the feel of then and it seems like they distort my peripheral vision. In addition, I use Croakies to keep my glasses in place.

Ken Whittaker

Updated April 18, 2018