Since you ask us a lot about wooden sunglasses and the reason why we do not have them in stock, is the following, wooden sunglasses, because of the material, have several drawbacks:
- They are a little heavier than the acetate ones
- It is difficult to adjust them
- It is difficult to graduate them
- Sometimes they do not fit well
The point is that as they have become very fashionable, some manufacturers have managed to solve some of these drawbacks, mainly that they “feel good” and that they “weigh less” but there are still limitations for graduating and adjustments and as you know, we are opticians and although we do not graduate the glasses we sell on the web, these are two aspects that we value very much.
But the main reason is that the technique for treating acetate, which from my point of view is still the highest quality material for the manufacture of glasses, some manufacturers have achieved spectacular “wood effect finishes”.
How sunglasses are made
This week we are going to tell you about two different and avant-garde ways of making sunglasses, but in a responsible way.
We would like to tell you more about the processes of the big brands, but if what you want is responsible consumption, you have to bet on innovative firms, which also with their good work have a bigger and bigger gap in the optical market.
As we said, all their glasses are made of natural acetate. Acetate is a material derived from cotton, very malleable and resistant, which came to replace the original buffalo horn or turtle shell, for more than obvious reasons (although there are still buffalo farms to produce glasses with the horn of this animal).
The result, glasses like those in the Vintage collection, inspired by the most modern neighborhoods in the world, recovering shapes and textures but with a very modern touch: Malasaña, Kreuzberg, Williamsburg, Shoreditch, Mission District, and their inhabitants wear them like this.
The acetate glasses are manufactured with high quality and resistant plastic materials, but very light. They are also treated to achieve unique textures, colors and effects, such as the exclusive “velvet 2.0” or the “leather effect”.
Children also wear sunglasses
I challenge these professionals to put it in writing and sign it, just as I do in this and other posts, as well as in my professional reports. However, you have to wear them well, like everything else in life. Here are a few guidelines to help you choose your children’s glasses.
Children have a great sensitivity to light, this is because their crystalline lens is still forming and is also very transparent. In addition, their retina is very fragile and is exposed to sunburn (this also happens to adults).
We must not forget that in the eyes, as in the skin, the effects of the sun are cumulative, so when they will be exposed to direct sunlight, especially in the central hours of the day (yes, the park and riding in the car in winter, as long as we get direct sunlight also counts) it is essential that they are well protected. It is not necessary to go crazy, it is not good for them to wear sunglasses all day long.
You can find sunglasses for children in bazaars, fashion stores, cosmetics, flea markets and even in pharmacies. Well, in my humble opinion, don’t take any chances with a child, the glasses that come out of an optician’s are the only ones that currently guarantee that the UV filter is 100% (UVB and UVA) and also ensure the optical quality of the lens. My recommendation for children is, high contrast lens with filter 4, mirror or polarized.
Nowadays we are the only professionals who know how to advise the right type of filter for each use, and in general, we bet on glasses that may not be as economical as those in clothing stores or bazaars, but what price do you put on your children’s visual health? We are also the only ones with specific training to advise adults, but I recognize the right of adults to freely choose how to manage their habits and their health.
As for the shape, it is important, especially up to the age of 3, that the glasses have the so-called “inverted bridge”. This means that they should be worn upwards or downwards, or that the bridge should be wider on the part that rests on the nose than on the upper part, this is because children are usually very flat.
SUMMARY: round glasses so that they cover well at the top, bottom and sides, inverted bridge, filter 4 and mirror.
I also take this opportunity to tell you that in many public swimming pools it is forbidden to swim with sunglasses because the lenses can break, even in the splash pools.
Well, the lenses of children’s sunglasses are always organic (plastic) and 90% of adult sunglasses as well. Besides, can you think of a swimming pool where children wearing sunscreen are not allowed to swim? Not to mention the children who need glasses with correction!!!!
I encourage you from here to demand that your children are allowed to swim with 100% protection.