No matter the season or the weather, Dr. Vivienne Velasco of iFocus Vision Center urges her patients to “Wear sunglasses 365.” It’s not a fashion statement; it’s a matter of safety, as ultraviolet (UV) rays can be threatening to your vision during any hour of the day. When it comes to choosing sunglasses, not all frames are created equal. So how do you determine which pair of sunglasses is right for you? That’s a question that Dr. Velasco can help you answer.

Working With Patients to Find the Perfect Frames

The first thing you’ll notice when you step into the iFocus Vision Center office is the vast variety of eyewear. Dr. Velasco carries all of the top brands – Tom Ford, Serengeti, Carolina Herrera, Gucci, Freakshow, Vinyl Factory, and Roberto Cavalli, among others – and with Las Vegas being a sunshine city year round, there’s always a demand for sunglasses, so you’re sure to find the brand that suits your style.

“First, we always discuss the activities you’ll be doing with your sunglasses,” explains Dr. Velasco. “This will help us narrow down whether you needs a pair of safety, sport, or fashion frames.”

Once you know what you’re looking for, the iFocus team will help you choose the right eye size, bridge, and temple size to ensure that the sunglasses you want will always be a comfortable fit.

Why Tint Matters

Sunglasses don’t always have to come in brown or black tint. The tint you choose can depend on what you plan to do when wearing your sunglasses.

“For example, a G15 tint is great for golfers because it allows them to see the green easier as well as the ball,” Dr. Velasco says. “A brown or copper tint is great for driving because it blocks most blue light and gives better contrast especially on overcast days.

“A grey tint is a great all-around tint for all outdoor activities.”

The Difference Between Polarized and Non-Polarized Sunglasses

Polarized vs. non-polarized can be confusing, especially if you’re used to just grabbing any random pair of sunglasses when you leave the house. When it comes to explaining the difference, Dr. Velasco says it’s important to think of polarized lenses like vertical blinds on your windows.

“Polarized sunglasses are treated so that only light coming at you vertically comes through,” she says.“The light coming at you horizontally, such as light bouncing off asphalt, water, or any other flat horizontal surface, will be blocked.”

Non-polarized lenses, on the other hand, are tinted in a manner that makes it comfortable to see in the sun. You might think polarized is the way to go, especially if you want to block light coming from surfaces around you, but polarized sunglasses are not for everyone.

“If you are a pilot or work outside with LED screens, polarized lenses make it difficult to see the screens and you are better off with non-polarized sunglasses,” Dr. Velasco says.

Always Look for the UV Protection Label

At iFocus Vision Center, Dr. Velasco and her staff always stress the importance of choosing sunglasses that provide protection from UV rays.

If you’re shopping on your own, you can always look for a label that says UV400, which promises protection from both UVA (long wave) and UVB (shortwave) rays. Exposure to both can increase your chances of developing cataracts, as well as life threatening skin cancers.

For help choosing the perfect sunglasses, contact Dr. Velasco at 702-473-5660 or book an appointment online via the iFocus Vision Center website.