What Are The Best Sunglass Lenses for Sensitive Eyes?

Sunglasses are an easy solution that makes life more comfortable when outdoors, while also providing critical protection from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. Long-term exposure to UV rays can damage the eye’s surface making one’s eyes very sensitive to sunlight or bright lights, and in the worst cases damage internal structures, or lead to the development of glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration to name a few.

For sensitive eyes, complete UV protection and visible light filtering is a must. The best protective sunglasses for sensitive eyes block sunlight, indirect light, wind, moisture and allergens from getting inside the sunglasses and irritating sensitive eyes.

If your eyes are sensitive specifically to light you might want to look at:

  • Polarized Lenses: they cut reflected glare or sunlight that bounces off smooth surfaces like pavement or water
  • Dark Lens: they will provide the best dark coverage and light filtration *Note: dark lenses do not necessarily block out UV rays, which may be the cause of your discomfort and sensitivity 
  • Photochromic Lenses: automatically darkens the lenses as surrounding light gets brighter
  • Wrap-around styles: these work because they block light from all angles as well as any elements like wind, rain, pollen, etc. 

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Oakley Overtime Sunglasses – dark lenses

Armani AX4009 – wrap sunglasses

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