Best Sunglasses Brand for Men- 2018 Buyers Guide

Nothing but the best sunglasses for men will do for the fashion conscious guy. The trend changes every year and it is not just the women who love to keep up. Men keep a close watch on what top fashion brands put out.

Some of the best mens sunglasses for 2018 come with the potential of being keepers for a long time, irrespective of the change in trend. Most go very well with fit over sunglasses too.

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Best Mens Sunglasses Brands

One of the best glasses for the year have been the Dior Homme. These come with dark grey frames and smokey lenses. The chrome details are intricate yet chic and not too in your face.

Ray-Ban too came out with the Wayfarer, which the brand believes is the successor of its popular Club Master. This pair of glasses comes with a vintage 50’s look to it and come summer, these ones can be quite the popular shades to wear.

Georgio Armani has taken on the 80s with its rendition of a great pair of glasses. These ones are slim and they come in smokey a turquoise blue shade. While the style of the glasses is relatively timeless, this new upgrade is bound to make them last for a few more years.

Burton, over the years, seems to have done it all. They have made aviators that are quirky looking, very sporty wraparounds and even glasses that came with the classic metal frame. The one good thing about Burtons is that they have a good collection of the best sunglasses for men in every possible price range making it easy to make a choice.

Their current release is again of vintage inspiration, which has thin golden strips running from the perches across the rim of the glasses.

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Oliver Peoples is one of the more expensive brands, especially when it comes to the frame of the glasses. Despite that, when you invest in one, you are sure that you are investing in a pair that will last you a long time and will not really go out of style. Their recent release is one of classic styling and one that will keep you at the top of the fashion charts among your peers.

Jeepers Peepers also came up with a style that is a take on the 80s. For those who love that retro look, these are one pair of glasses that any guy would love to wear. The frames have a great splash of color and come in a pea green shade in plastic. All vintage buffs are going to love this addition.

And of course, you cannot miss a pick from Cutler and Gross. They are quite well known for their designs as well as their quality. It is a fact that all of their frames are handcrafted and they come in masculine tones of grey. The bridges too are made of metal and they have a certain suave air about them.

No one can possibly beat Polaroid at making the best polarized sunglasses for men. This year they launched their Equinox X4105A as well as their Fixate X41011B. Both pairs of glasses are inspired by the retro look and come with double bridges to give the glasses that added pizzazz. There is detailing at the temples too that also makes these glasses a cut above the ordinary.

Best Men’s Sunglasses for 2018

It seems to be a trend that the best mens sunglasses 2012 are a continuation of 2011 trend. A few of our personal favorite models of men’s sunglasses are Ray-Ban RB2140, Maui Jim Banyans, Oakley Flak Jacket XLJ and the Ray Ban Aviator.

There are several other brands that have come out with offerings in the mid range segment as well. All you have to do is decide on the kind of look you want to sport at the end of this year and in the year to come.

Drug Store Reading Glasses: Friend or Foe

Walk into any drug store and you’ll see them displayed on a tower rack or at the check-out counter. Prefabricated reading glasses, or readers, attract emerging presbyopes and those further along the presbyopia path.

Research shows that readers account for $400 million in sales annually, a tiny slice of total vision-related retail sales, which amount to $23 billion.

Defining a problem

So a few of your patients decide to self-prescribe, visit the local retailer and shell out $10 to $20 for readers – no harm, no foul, right?

Not always.

Industry observers claim that many of these patients neglect regular eye exams, which ‘can lead to a myriad of concerns from simple eye strain or discomfort to undiagnosed glaucoma or retinal disease,’ says Dr. Kimberly Friedman, O.D., of Moorestown Eye Associates in Moorestown, N.J.

Some are concerned about lost revenue. Irving Bennett, O.D., professor of Business Practice Management at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, says that displaying readers in the reception area or dispensary is a nice touch, ‘but the profit in ready-to-wear is small,’ especially when compared to custom-made, progressive lenses that can cost $200 or more.

Peter G. Shaw-McMinn, O.D., assistant professor at The Southern California College of Optometry, contends that selling readers out of your own office can prove tricky. ‘It sends the message to the patient that over-the-counter (OTC) readers are good enough, which contradicts the thought that everyone’s eyes are different and that customized glasses can improve their quality of life.’

Dr. Friedman sometimes recommends that patients purchase ready-made readers in certain circumstances (e.g., readers over contact lenses when the patient has exactly the same prescription in both eyes and no astigmatism).

But she explains that she always cautions the patient that OTC readers are not custom devices and have less quality control than prescription glasses, and that they have no exact measurements for their particular pupil distance or lens or frame size.

She then tells the patient he can try this less-expensive route first, but to return for custom reading glasses should the patient feel at all uncomfortable with the OTC version.

Spreading knowledge

When Morton W. Silverman, O.D., F.A.A.O., professor at NOVA Southeastern University (NSU) College of Optometry and professor at NSU College of Medicine’s Master in Public Health Program, educates his students, he points out that it took years to develop the corrected curve lens that eliminated marginal astigmatism and spherical aberrations and that all eyecare practitioners were proud to prescribe these quality lenses.

‘In one swoop,’ he continues, ‘we have turned the clock back in history by allowing patients to not only buy glasses that aren’t corrected-curve quality lenses over the counter, but in many cases are stamped-out plastic lenses will all types of aberrations.’

Dr. Silverman tells students that regardless of what the patient decides to do, it’s their (the students’) duty to warn patients that it’s not a matter of economics, but that cheap glasses aren’t quality glasses and that it’s in the patients’ best interests to use custom-made glasses.

Opposing arguments

According to Dr. Bennett, readers remain popular for two reasons:

1. Ophthalmologists, particularly those who don’t have a dispensary, recommend OTC readers to their patients

2. The frames for OTC readers are attractive. (And, Dr. Bennett points out, a good sales point is that patients can buy three or four pairs of readers and leave them all over the house or office so they’re readily available because of their low cost.)

But Dr. Bennett also offers points that support the prescribing of ophthalmic lenses over readers:

* Prescription ophthalmic eyeglasses are convenient because a patient can wear his regular eyeglasses all of the time and not have to constantly look for them.

* Readers don’t correct astigmatism and patients often have enough astigmatism to be annoyed when it’s not corrected.

* Readers (worn at the end of a patient’s nose) don’t look well and often are a ‘sign of age.’

* Often people need a slight distance prescription as well as help for near and regular ophthalmic glasses (progressives and bifocals) permit the correction of both.

Dr. Bennett does point out, however, that trying to sell patients progressive lenses instead of suggesting ready-made reading glasses isn’t much help because of the cost difference (about $10 for readers and often more than $200 for progressives).

So, friend or foe?

Do you have an answer to this question? Is your practice barely staying afloat because your patients are buying pre-fabricated reading glasses at the local drug store?


The truth is, if you sold this modality in your practice, you would mostly likely barely cover your costs. And your colleagues agree. As Dr. Bennett says, ‘The sale of readers is no profit margin except for drug stores and gas stations that use them as ‘point-of-purchase’ items.’

Regardless of whether your patients boost their vision with drug store reading glasses or with custom readers from your practice, stress the importance of regular eye exams.

Dr. Shaw-McMinn likes to tell patients that dime store glasses are the main cause of glaucoma. He then explains to them, ‘People don’t get the disease from the glasses, but they don’t come in for regular eye exams until they’ve lost sight from the glaucoma. Then it’s too late to get the sight back.’

How To Find The Right Prescription Safety Glasses

It isn’t easy trying to find the right pair of prescription safety glasses mainly because your every day optometrist doesn’t stock them in store. Most people revert to making their purchase of prescription safety eyewear online and they end up buying the wrong thing.

To make sure you make the right purchase the first time around there is a number if things you should know and do before you buy. Follow these instructions and you shouldn’t have any issues making your purchase.

Know Your Prescription

This seems like common sense to most people but what they don’t realize is that it is important to make sure your prescription is no older than 2 years. Generally speaking, your eye site may change every 2 – 3 years, so having a current prescription is important.

The other important aspect of your prescription is knowing your Pupil Distance, also known as PD. PD is the distance measured between the center of the pupils in each eye. It is important to get this right because it is the location of the optimal center of the lenses.

Know Your Brand

Knowing which brands for are reliable is important. The last thing you want is to buy a pair of these safety glasses and have them break on you within weeks because they were of bad quality.

The most popular and reliable brands at the moment are Oakley prescription safety glasses, RX safety glasses, Black & Decker and also North Safety Glasses. The prices for every brand will vary so it is best to do your research and find out how much you are comfortable paying.

Know Your Size

Just like normal seeing glasses, safety glasses come in different shapes and sizes. If you buy a pair that is not wide enough they will be extremely uncomfortable. Sometimes even causing headaches because the arms of the glasses may press too tightly on the sides of your head.

Not all glasses will fit everyone so knowing the diameters of your face is important so you can tell whether the pair you buy will fit you properly.

What’s Your Code?

Ever pair of prescription safety glasses is made for a different type of job. This means that each pair of glasses will need to pass a certain safety test. Each test is then given a code.

Before you make your purchase, find out which tests the safety glasses need to pass for your line of work and then obtain the code. Make sure you only purchase a pair of safety glasses that have the code that you’re looking for.

Their is no point in buying a pair of safety glasses that don’t meet your works standard, just so you have to return them.