Travel Eyewear: From Sunglasses to Ski Goggles

You’re off to take a much-needed break from work. If you’ll be filling your suitcase with attire that signifies rest and relaxation, you should also consider selecting some travel eye wear to protect your vision and complete your ensemble. Just as wardrobe selection is based on weather, activities and the level of formality at your destination, you’ll want to take those same factors into consideration when selecting the right types of travel eye wear. Below are some ideas to help you make the best decisions.



Polarized Glasses

Sunglasses with polarization can be a wonderful piece of travel eyewear. While standard sunglasses reduce the overall intensity of light seen by the eyes, polarizing filters on the lenses can selectively eliminate light coming in from reflective surfaces. Polarized glasses also lend an air of mystery since the wearer can see everything perfectly while the eyes remain completely obscured to others.

Bug Eye Glasses
With their dark, over-sized lenses, bug eyeglasses are quickly gaining in popularity as a fun retro fashion. Originally all the rage back in the 1970’s, bug eye sunglasses are once again considered a trendy accessory thanks to celebrities like Paris Hilton, Nicole Richey and Victoria Beckham. Besides being chic and stylish, bug eye sunglasses also offer substantial protection from the sun’s harmful rays.



Ski Goggles

If you are planning on traveling to a cold climate you may want to consider a nice pair of snow or ski goggles. Ski goggles can improve vision by reducing the glare coming off of the snow and provide warmth around the eyes and face. When selecting ski goggles it’s important to consider proper fit, frame features such as flexibility and air vents, lens features like anti-fogging and anti-scratch coatings and lens tints that can help reduce glare.

Wraparound sunglasses are one of the most popular travel eye wear options. Also known as “cheaters,” this form of eye protection has lenses that extend around the sides of the face, giving the wearer increased protection from harmful UV rays. Wraparounds also offer the added benefits of greater peripheral vision, limiting the amount of direct exposure to natural or artificial light and blocking out dust, sand, water and debris.

Polarized Sunglasses by Christian Haugen

Children’s Eye Wear

If you’ll be taking the kids with you when you travel, they will also need a good pair of glasses to protect their eyes from the effects of harmful UV rays. Experts believe that we absorb up to 80% of all UV rays in our lifetime by the time we’re 18 years old, so proper eye protection is imperative. Visit your child’s pediatrician or eye care professional so that he or she can have a complete eye exam and then consider the many eye wear options available.

When selecting children’s frames and lenses you’ll want to go with something that can block out UVA, B and C rays and withstand plenty of knocks and scratches while still looking cool. Protective glasses made from inexpensive rubber frames are also available for infants and toddlers.

Travel Eyewear Cases
Nice frames and lenses can be pricey, so it’s important that you protect your glasses from scratches and breaks. While most sunglasses and goggles usually come with a protective case, you may decide on something a bit sturdier to shield your eyewear investment. When buying a new eyeglass case make sure it can adequately defend your eyewear against falls, scratches, water and debris.

There are hundreds of travel eyewear options available to consumers, but it is up to you to choose wisely. Rather than paying for overpriced glasses at a fancy hotel, swank golf club or ritzy ski resort, make an appointment with your eye care professional in advance of your trip so that you can obtain a thorough eye exam and get a pair of affordable and fashionable eyeglasses.

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