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How to Choose Sports Sunglasses and Sports Eyewear

Choosing sports sunglasses and sports protective eyewear.

The main considerations when choosing sunglasses for your sport should be.

• The shape and material of the frame.
• The material and design of the lenses.
• The colour and density of the tint.

For many sports the ideal materials for both the frame and the lenses will be ones that are both impact resistant and lightweight. The shape should afford wide fields of vision to ensure clear sight even in the peripheral areas and may be required to protect against lateral impact. Wrap style frames are very fashionable while offering good protection from impact from foreign bodies and great overall protection from harmful UV light. Protecting the eye from UV rays is of great importance to those participating in outdoor sports. The harmful rays from the sun can cause great damage to the eyes.

Tint colour choices are subjective. As a general guide.

• Grey provides the most natural colour vision and makes a good general choice.
• Brown enhances contrast and provides a warmer appearance to colours.
• Green filters blue light and enhances contrast in low light condition.

Fixed or Solid Tints will provide full UV protection and protect your eyes from the sun and soften the sunlight. Of greater benefit are polarised lenses. Polarised lenses protect your eyes from glare. When sunlight hits a reflective surface the rays polarise, the vertical light brings us useful information, and the horizontal light is white glare. It is glare that causes us to squint and strains our eyes. Eye strain will result in tiredness, to be avoided by sportsmen and drivers alike. Any potentially bright outdoor activities such as sailing, skiing, golfing or fishing will see vastly enhanced optical quality by wearing prescription polarised sunglasses. Drivers will benefit from eliminating the blinding glare of the suns reflections from metal objects or from road surfaces.

Photochromic lenses are also available and make a great choice for sports in varying light conditions. The latest photochromics react quickly and go as dark as sunglasses when worn in full sun. This makes them a very versatile pair of glasses.

Where potential impact is a risk lens materials such as polycarbonate or the very latest NXT Trivex material should be considered. These are tough materials that will afford your eyes some protection from flying objects, or from sports equipment such as bats or balls.

Sportsmen want to look smart in their outfits, this includes having the latest in sports prescription glasses.