Sunglasses are one of the most important festival items that should never be left at home. Not only are they a stylish festival accessory and help you to avoid awkward eye contact, but they protect your eyes and overall health!

However, not all sunglasses are made the same. Not only should they reduce overall brightness, it’s important to block out harmful UVA and UVB rays which cause permanent damage to your eyes.

When purchasing a new pair of sunglasses for festivals, here are a few things to look out for.

UVA and UVB protection

Sunlight is made up of two types of harmful rays: long wave ultraviolet A (UVA) and short wave ultraviolet B (UVB). UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer. Printed on the lens of tag, your sunglasses should mention UVA and UVB protection.

Pick a pair that fits

While trends may change, generally, the bigger the sunglasses the better, as they will protect more of your eyes. Close-fitting sunglasses with wide lenses will protect your eye from every angle.

Dark lenses

A darker lens does not offer more protection, in fact, there’s no correlation at all. You can’t judge a pair of sunglasses this way, at least not for eye protection purposes. Tints and shades of sunglasses do not reflect UV (ultraviolet) blocking ability.

Coloured lenses

Different lens colors can achieve various effects. Tints filter light in different ways, and some tints do a better job at blocking light than others. Some tints actually enhance colors, while others distort them. Tints have the ability to enhance vision in certain situations. For a music festival, it might be fun to try out something a bit distorting!

Polarized lenses

Polarized sunglasses will reduce the glare from surfaces. A high-quality pair of sunglasses usually includes polarized lenses. It’s benefit include visual comfort, better contrast, reduced eye strain, true perception of colour and reduces reflections.

Price doesn’t matter

While you should skip the cheapest glasses you can find, for a festival it might not be practical to purchase a premium pair. Find a budget pair of sunglasses that offer UVA and UVB protection, and you’ll be good to go.

Buy a sunglasses strap

Sunglasses straps are become a fashion accessory but they serve a useful purpose too. Don’t forget your sunglasses behind with a suitable strap with a comfortable length and head size. Some might include a fastening system to easily adjust.