Whether you are planning a tropical beach vacation or preparing to hit the slopes you might find yourself in the market for a new pair of sunglasses. You can grab a ten dollar pair of glasses from the rack at the gas station but you will not be doing yourself any favours.

You can also walk to expensive fashion boutiques and pay top dollar just to get a designer brand name or logo on the sides of your frame. In either scenario you may not know the features and benefits beyond what the money you just paid for.  You can buy festival sunglasses from various online sources.

Being educated shopper by reviewing 4 tips:

1. Choose sunglasses with 100% UV protection. It may not seem like you do not harm your eyes by wearing sunglasses but ultraviolet (UV) light can damage your eyes. It is important to note that these harmful rays can be present in both sunny and cloudy conditions.

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2. Do you need a polarized lens? The second lens is polarized and non-polarized will protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Polarized lenses went a step further by blocking glare from reflective surfaces. The reflection of bright light or flat objects such as water, glass, snow or road can lead to visual disturbances. This is especially true when driving, playing sports, skiing, snowboarding and in the open water environment.

3. Choose the lens color based on lighting conditions you want. Lens color you might have something to do with fashion and trends, but there is a science behind it. Lens color serves an important purpose. Different color lenses let in different amounts of light. VLT, or transmission of visible light, is the amount of light allowed to reach the eye through the lens.

4. Special frame technology: There are many technologies glasses frames on the market today that may be useful to you. Some of them provide interchangeable lens technology that allows you to easily change the lens to adjust to different light conditions.