Teen boys aren't always known for practicality over the coolness factor when it comes to choosing their wardrobe and accessories. The American Optometric Association recommends that everyone, teen boys included, wear sunglasses when working, driving, playing sports or walking outdoors. The best pair of sunglasses for your teen son might differ than those for another boy his age. Understanding how to choose a pair of sunglasses helps you settle on the best pair for him.
Regardless of how much your son loves them, you should avoid sunglasses that don't have a UV sticker on them, letting you know what percentage of harmful UV rays the lenses block. Choose those that block 99 to 100 percent of these damaging rays. Look for them at vision centers or department stores, where you're likely to find a style your teen likes without compromising his eyesight.
A pair of sunglasses that are too tight or too loose are more likely to be tossed aside by your teen rather than worn when they're needed. Your son is probably able to determine if the sunglasses fit on his own, but if you're spending a lot of money on a quality pair, a vision center can ensure a proper fit so that your son is comfortable while wearing the sunglasses. Vision Service Plan recommends choosing a style that fits your teen's face comfortably and wraps around the sides of his face to block rays from coming in the edges of the sunglasses.
The lenses on sunglasses come in a variety of colors, which can make it confusing to find the best pair for your teen son. The American Optometric Association suggests gray lenses, which allow for proper color recognition. Make sure the lenses are dark enough to block out 75 to 90 percent of the light. If you can see your son's eyes, the lenses aren't dark enough. The lenses should also be uniform in tint to offer all-over eye protection. If your son plays sports, consider sport-specific goggles, suggests ophthalmologist Dr. Lee R. Duffner. They won't get knocked off or damaged as easily as traditional sunglasses.
Top Rated Choices
Researching sunglasses for teen boys helps you make a decision based on peer reviews as well as professional recommendations. It's still important to try on the sunglasses and make sure they meet the above guidelines. Many teen boys can wear men's sunglasses, which likely provide a better fit than children's sunglasses. The Independent ranked the Dior Homme and the Ray-Ban Clubmasters as two of its top 10 picks in 2009. The Frames Direct website recommends John Varvatos, its top-selling male sunglasses brand. Your son's optometrist can help you make the best choice for his specifications.