Sunglasses from Glasses USA are Great Idea: Because Eyes are Priceless
By Alison Blackman
Why am I writing about sunglasses now, when we’re heading into Winter? And why am I suggesting them as a great gift idea?
Just because the days are cold and it gets dark early doesn’t mean the sun’s rays aren’t out there.
If you’re squinting when you go outside it’s the sun making you do it.
Even if it’s cloudy, the sun’s rays are out there and can do damage if your eyes aren’t protected, not to mention increase your risk of wrinkles and eye disease.
In fact, you are more at risk in Winter than you think. If there’s snow around the sun reflects off it and bounces back towards you.
Sunblocks that will help prevent skin cancer and premature aging of your skin, but to protect your eyes from damage and disease (not to mention crow feet), good sunglasses are essential in every season.
Glasses USA is one of the leading online retailers for prescription glasses and sunglasses. They have a large selection of regular and sunglass frame at prices so affordable at first I thought they might be misprinted! So I decided to check out what they offer, and realized a gift of sunglasses from Glasses USA would be a great gift idea!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BUYING SUNGLASSES:
When buying sunglasses choose a frame designed for sunglasses The curvature of a normal eyeglass frame isn’t as deep as those designed specifically for sunglasses and light can seep in from the sides. Sunglass frames are designed with a deeper curve so less light can get in and they protect your eyes and face from the sun’s rays better.
Transitions lenses (they get darker in the sun, get clear again inside) are great for everyday wear and eye strain when you don’t want to keep changing to sunglasses. Real sunglasses have dark lenses that do not change to clear and are meant to be worn when you are spending time in the bright sun, and when there is a lot of glare such as on a ski slope or on the water.
Color and intensity of lenses don’t protect your eyes, that’s just for comfort. It’s the UVA/UVB FILTERS applied to the lenses that block out the damaging rays of the sun. A clear lens with the right filters could actually still block out 100% of the sun’s rays! However, yellow/amber lenses increase contrast so athletes often use them. Brown lenses feel comfortable to the eyes. Dark
Even drugstore glasses may have 100% UVA/UVB filters. Look for a sticker that says the lenses filter out UVA/UVB . If the lens says it is “polarized” it will block out UVA/UVB rays. If broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection isn’t on the lens, your glasses may make a fashion statement, but they’ll do nothing to protect your eyes.
Sunglasses must fit properly and be the right size. Go up a size larger with a deeper base curve than your normal eyeglasses (e.g. add a range of an extra 5 or 6 mm in the lens measurement). When selecting frame online, it helps to work with a site that has a “try on” feature as Glasses USA does.
HOW TO BUY GLASSES ONLINE (From Glasses USA) :
Have a Current Prescription (this is essential)
If you are purchasing prescription glasses online it is vitally important to have a current and complete prescription from your ophthalmologist. An outdated prescription won’t help you see well and you’ll strain your eyes, and if the measurements for your face are incorrect, you won’t see out of the lenses properly.
Some eye doctors don’t like the idea of their patients ordering glasses online and won’t fill out the prescription forms completely. If you don’t have your pupillary distance (the space between the pupils of your eyes so your eyes match up with the optical center of your lenses), you have to measure this yourself. It has to be accurate or your glasses won’t fit precisely.
Get The Right Size Frames For Your Face
If you’re not trying on frames in person, you have to have some idea of what size frame will flatter and fit your face. You can use the try on tool on the Glasses USA site, but consider too that some frames might not accommodate progressive or bifocal lenses. If you already wear glasses, look on the earpiece for measurements, Glasses USA has a money back guarantee so if something is really wrong with the way they look, you can return them.
My Glasses USA Frame
I ordered a pair of frames called Amelia E. Cressida in black. They can be used as regular glasses but I found them using the Glasses USA sorting view as sunglasses and they’re under $100.
Although I couldn’t see what these would look like with dark lenses, I could imagine it. I tried them on using Glasses USA’s video try on option. You select a model that has a face shape similar to yours and put the glasses on them. It works, although it would have been better to use a photo of myself.
When you are ordering glasses online and you can’t see them in person, it really helps to have a full, detailed description and photos that show you a couple of view of the frames. Glasses USA gives you a lot of information, so read it all carefully.
Note that this description tells you all about the measurements of the frame as well as whether or not you can put progressive or bifocal lenses in it. Read the descriptions, carefully.
Then you have to choose the lenses.If you are just getting non-prescription sunglasses or single or near vision lenses there is no extra charge so these glasses would cost you under $100. It’s a bit more for bifocals or progressives, but my lenses in a normal bricks and mortar store run upwards of $900, so $138 is a bargain!!!
My Glasses USA Sunglasses Arrived!
It takes a few weeks to get glasses from any online site, but honestly, I didn’t even expect too much from glasses that were under $$150 for progressives I ordered online. When my sunglasses arrived from Glasses USA they not only looked great, they fit perfectly. I received a hard-sided carry case with a nice micro-fiber cloth.
It is shocking how great these glasses are. I was delighted!
I feel glamorous wearing these glasses and have gotten plenty of compliments on them, but I’m protecting my skin and my eyes. In the end, that’s the most important benefit to wearing these sunglasses from Glasses USA.
GIVE SUNGLASSES FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Custom sunglasses would make a great gift for every man, woman and child on your gift list. It’s a “big ticket” item that really doesn’t cost that much, and the gift of good sight, safe skin and safe eyes, is priceless. Glasses USA has free shipping and returns on all US orders(*return within the first 14 for a money back return or a 100% store credit. No questions asked) and a 365 warranty (go to the Glasses USA websiteo learn more). As of this writing,Glasses USA was having a pre-holiday sale and free shipping worldwide on orders over $99. You can call 1-800-917-7083 – All Day. Every Day. 24-7 or visit the Glasses USA website
*advicesisters.com doesn’t post negative reviews, but we don’t lie, either. I warned the folks at Glasses USA that I would report about my experience honestly. I was very pleased with the service and I love the glasses for quality and for fit. I received the sunglasses as a sample tool to experience the service, but I don’t think I received any additional attention that a regular consumer wouldn’t received nor do I think my experience is A-typical for Glasses USA.