There are several reasons why you might get a headache with your existing sunglasses.
By ascertaining whether it is the lens or frame design on your current sunglasses that is causing discomfort, you can decide which of our types of specialised sunglasses and glasses can help to relieve the pain that you are experiencing.
Headache due to the lenses of your sunglasses
You may be getting a headache because the colour and darkness of the lenses is not suited to you.
For example, if your eyes are photosensitive, ie: you find the glare from the sun almost intolerable, your existing sunglasses may not be dark enough. Take a look at our sunglasses with extra dark lenses or with polarised grey lenses - they will reduce the glare that you are currently experiencing.
You may not get on well with the colour of the lenses in your existing sunglasses. For example, brown lenses make the colours more vivid and the intensity of the colours may be too much for you. Choose grey tinted lenses for a neutral effect on your colour perception.
For more information, see our lens colour guide.
Headache due to peripheral glare
Conventional designs of sunglasses let in peripheral glare at the top and sides. This is especially true with fashion sunglasses that have a flat front to the frame.
However, even top brands of wraparound sunglasses and cycling glasses still let in glare around the edges of the lenses.
Our 7eye AirShield sunglasses block peripheral glare due to the gasket (also called an eye cup). They are ideal for photophobia sufferers.
Headache due to frame pinching
It may be that the ear rests of your existing sunglasses are pinching your head.
The arms of many wraparound sunglasses are springy and some rely on gripping the sides of your head at the point where the ear rests touch in order to stay firmly on your head.
If you get headaches from excessive frame tension, choose one of the 7eye AirShield or Ziena glasses that have adjustable temple ends. You can bend them to maximise comfort and avoid any undesirable pressure on the sides of your head.
The frames that have this adjustable feature are 7eye Ventus, 7eye Panhead, Ziena Kai, and Ziena Marina.
Headache due to unbalanced frame
Another cause of headaches is when sunglasses or glasses are unbalanced with the result that you feel too much weight resting on the bridge of your nose.
You can solve this by wearing any of the Ziena glasses, which have separate, adjustable nose pads rather than a moulded plastic rest.
On Ziena glasses, you can loosen or tighten the nose bridge width, using the adjustable nose pads. This will change the balance of the glasses and can reduce the feeling of excessive weight on your nose.
Most people who have tried them find that the 7eye AirShield sunglasses is also more comfortable than conventional sunglasses. This is because the soft padded gasket cushions the frame.
For more advice on choosing glasses to reduce headaches, contact Eyewear Accessories.