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Learn why eye protection is vital during sports.


Protecting your eyes from the sun is important at any (all the) time, especially vital when you’re playing sports. Learn about why it’s essential to protect your eyes, how you can protect them, and what happens if you don’t. Whether you’re on a field, up in the mountains, or out at sea, your eyes are constantly exposed to sunlight. Without careful consideration you could put yourself, and more specifically, your eyes at risk. Therefore smart sun protection is crucial. If you are not adequately equipped for outdoor sports then not only will it affect your performance but in the long run can affect your eyes too.


Why Good Eye Protection
is Important

Reduces the sun’s reflection – Visual clarity is critical when it comes to sports. A common problem we face when we are outdoors during the day is reflection. This is caused by bright sunlight reflecting off roads, water, snow, or shiny objects. Reflections can cause discomfort and sensitivity to light, reduce contrast, affect your vision (clarity), and potentially distract you from your sport.


Protects against objects , particles, dust, etc – Especially when outdoors, your eyes are at risk of being exposed to dust particles, wind, pollen, sand ,snow,etc. Hence a proper shield/ protection is essential and this becomes even more crucial while playing sports.


Reduces eye Strain – Since reflection affects visual clarity (vision) , the eyes are under constant effort to adapt and in the process gets tired. So a proper sun protection will not only protect you from reflection but also makes you more relaxed / comfortable. For a sports person, this is very important and can even improve his performance.


Improves performance – The majority of perceptual input during sport comes from your eyes, so shielding your eyes properly from the sun is important. Wearing sunglasses that block UV rays allows for clearer vision, helping to improve your reactions, coordination, balance, accuracy, and endurance. Studies reveal that reflection can affect ones visual reaction time. This means there is a delayed response to a situation. Imagine while skiing, there is a rock of snow in front and what would happen if the person does not move away on time due to reflection? ....... In short, for a sports person, a proper sun protection will not only shield him from reflection and will also make his visual response during the sports much faster.


Prevents facial discomfort – If you end up with a sunglass which is uncomfortable to wear , then it serves no purpose. Hence select a frame / eyewear which fits you comfortably and a frame material which doesnot produce allergic reaction around the skin of the eyes,nose and ears.


Prevents vision impairment – UV rays from the sun can cause eye problems, This ranges from eye irritation ,burning sensation , watering to problems related to vision. Prolonged exposure to UV rays can lead to temporary eye problems such as photokeratitis, the inflammation of the cornea, and photoconjunctivitis, the inflammation of the conjunctiva. More severe consequences can include eye growths, known as Pterygium, as well as Cataracts.


Essential Protection for Sports
There are several ways to ensure you have the best protection for your eyes when playing sport. From frame material to lens technology, the below options can help you make sure you have the right kit.



Wrap around fit – A curved designed frame wraps around the eyes and ears. It fits snugly on the face and head. The components in the frame like the bridge, nose, and the temple keep the sunglasses firmly on the face regardless of sweat or constant movement. This makes it more suitable / comfortable for a sports person who is constantly moving and /or sweating during his activity.


Material – Frames made from a polycarbonate are durable, flexible and lightweight, giving you a pair of athletic sunglasses that are comfortable to wear, but aren’t in danger of shattering due to the intensive movement that is part of sporting activity.


Lens treatment – Lenses are vulnerable to a number calamites during sporting activity, so exploring different lens treatments can prolong the life of your sunglasses as well as help improve your performance. Anti-scratch treatment can provide heightened resilience to external elements, anti-fog treatment helps to prevent the build-up of condensation, and water repellence eradicates distorted vision caused by rain or sweat.


Polarisation – Reflection and bright lights can severely reduce clarity of vision, which can cause performance to suffer. Polarized lenses almost completely eliminate this problem by blocking bright light with a special filter and improving contrast to make your vision clearer. They come highly recommended for those wishing to engage in sports where reflection can be an issue, such as those involving snow, water or road surfaces.


Tints – Tints come in four categories, the first of which being the lightest and last being the darkest. The tints affect your glasses’ ability to filter light and are designed for different environments, therefore it is important to choose the correct tint level depending on what sport you are playing.

  • Yellow tints are good for situations where there is little light, such as dawn or dusk fishing, as they improve contrast and eliminate reflections off the surface of the water.
  • Orange tints improve depth perception vision accuracy, ideal for target sports like archery and shooting.
  • Brown tints that fall into category three or four can provide an accentuated contrast and filter for more intense UV rays, optimal for high altitude sports such as skiing and snowboarding, and aquatic sports such as sailing and water-skiing.
  • A grey tint is more neutral and does not affect the colour of your surroundings, making them idea for team sports and ball games.

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