Flip-Up Clip-On Sunglasses: Flip-up sunglasses are a type of clip-on sunglasses that are movable at the hinges such that when necessary they can be adjusted to make an upward movement. They are very important because they allow users to adjust to different light settings when necessary. For example, you can wear a pair of clip-on sunglasses to benefit from its polarization. However, when the polarization is not necessary, instead of removing the clip-ons, you flip them up. Normally, flip-ups come at higher prices when compared to standard clip-ons because they involve less hustle. They can remain clipped on the frame of the prescription glasses for as long as the user intends. Furthermore, their relatively smaller size makes them less noticeable.
Magnetic Clip-On Sunglasses: Magnetic clip-ons are a form of advanced standard clip-ons that have magnetic technology in place of clips. The magnet attaches itself to the frame of the prescription eyeglasses. Importantly though, magnetic clip-ons only work with eyeglasses that have a metallic frame. The magnet cannot attach itself to a plastic frame.
Selecting the Right Clip-ons: Getting the right clip-ons can be a hard task especially if you are a first time buyer. Accordingly, we provide two methods that make the process much easier. The first method requires users to scan their eyeglasses and send the scan to a company that designs clip-ons. Accordingly, the method is only valid when looking for customized clip-ons. The second approach requires estimation. As a result, the main factor that comes into consideration is the shape of your regular eyeglasses. The main shapes of lenses include; oval, square, aviator, round, and rectangular. Different sizing guides provide images and measurements of these shapes. All that is required is to locate a standard sizing guide (easily available online) and use your eyeglasses alongside the images to see the shape and size that is likely to provide the best coverage for your lenses.
Strengths and Weaknesses of Clip-on Sunglasses: Clip-on sunglasses are economical when compared to prescription sunglasses. This makes them easy to acquire and replace when they get damaged. Secondly, clip-ons protect the eyes from glare and UV rays. Lastly, flip-up sunglasses are excellent for driving. They can be constantly adjusted depending on varying lighting conditions.
On the other hand, standard and magnetic clip-ons can easily get damaged because of the processes involved when clipping and unclipping them. Furthermore, all clip-ons can easily scratch the lenses and frames of regular eyeglasses.
Purpose/Functionality: Different sunglasses are designed for different purposes. For example, some sunglasses work better for driving and sports than others. Always consider your lifestyle before purchasing clip-on sunglasses. If you spend most of your time driving, choose the pair that provides the most value in that direction.
Health reasons: Sunglasses are essential for eye health. They protect the eyes from a wide range of health conditions that can cause permanent damage. The benefits derived from individual clip-on sunglasses vary depending on factors such as features, functionality and quality. There are clip-ons that provide more health benefits than others. Good sunglasses should provide protection from ultraviolent radiation. These rays can be very dangerous to the eyes and the skin around them. They are commonly associated with cancer-causing properties. UV rays can also influence other diseases in the retina and corneal. Secondly, good sunglasses enhance clarity and visibility. Let us take a case scenario of individuals who engage in winter sports. During winter, the humidity is usually higher than normal. Accordingly, ordinary sunglasses can fog up easily. It is important to ensure that the pair of sunglasses that you choose maintains its ability to enhance clarity all the time. Blue-light protection is another health related factor to consider when buying clip-on sunglasses. Overexposure to blue light is linked to macular degeneration. Lastly, good clip-on sunglasses should protect the eyes from the effects of reflected light. Normally, polarized clip-ons have the ability to combat glare.
Lenses: There are different types of lenses. Firstly, lenses are divided into plastic and glass lenses. Plastic lenses are the most common because they are cost effective and highly resistant to impact. There is a type of plastic lens that is known as plastic photochromic. Photochromic lenses have the ability to adapt to changes in lighting conditions. Normally, they darken when exposed to UV rays. Looking into the details, lenses have specialized features that determine their functionality. In most cases, potential buyers focus on polarization. Lenses can either be polarized or non-polarized. Polarized lenses have the ability to filter glare and excess light. They are very important especially for individuals who work in water bodies or use roads at night. Roads and water bodies are reflective surfaces and they can easily damage the eyes with excess glare. Individuals with cataracts also derive an array of benefits from polarized lenses. Other important features of lenses include; scratch resistance, tinting, lightweight, and impact resistance. Scratch resistance protects lenses from easy scratching. Accordingly, lenses with this feature can also scratch but they are more resistant. Tinting is a feature that comes with polarization in plastic lenses. Tinted lenses come in a variety of colors.
Size: Large lenses wrap around the eye area well thereby blocking excess light from all directions. They also provide a closet fit that blocks glare more effectively.
Polycarbonate lenses: These are recommended for individuals who work in potentially hazardous environments or workplaces. They offer extra protection because they are highly resistant to impact.