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You Can Blame The Athletes For This Year's Sunglass Selection

You Can Blame The Athletes For This Year's Sunglass Selection

February 6, 2018

To protect your eyes from bright sunlight during the summer, UV rated sunglasses are a necessity.  However, sunglass manufacturers know that fashion is even more important in the consumers eyes. Rarely do you see pictures of celebrities without the latest sunglasses, and many famous people wear them even at night.   More recently, it’s the famous athletes who are setting the trend in sunglasses wearing a large variety of tints and shades.

The importance of protecting your eyes from UVA & UVB is crucial for maintaining healthy vision. Athletes are now selecting lenses that can not only protect them from harmful sunrays but also enhance their performance. And there are lenses for different types of athletes. For example polarized lenses are preferred for runners, race car drivers, fishermen and beach volleyball players.  A skier who needs to see defined snow and ice shadows or a golfer needing peripheral vision typically prefers non-polarized lenses. Read more about optical filters (polarizers) and how it affects the light.

Does Color Really Matter?

Many of us select glasses based on UV protection to prevent eye damage, price, or shape to compliment our face shape, or by designer. However, keep in mind the lens tint color next time you are shopping for your pair of sunglasses. The lens tint can reflect your lifestyle, conditions and activities you participate in.

  • Gray – Block bright rays, preserves normal color recognition and is the most popular.
  • Yellow or Orange – Heightens contrast in overcast, hazy, low-light conditions. Most popular for indoor sporting activities.
  • Rose or Red – Brightens overcast days, worn during dawn & dusk for optimum vision.
  • Blue– Changes natural color to more vivid color. Not recommended for those sensitive to light, as they aren’t as effective with toning down bright lights as gray lens.
  • Green – Similar to gray lens as it preserves color balance between the environment and objects. Preferred by baseball players or all outdoor sports in bright light conditions.
  • Brown, Copper, Dark Amber – Improve depth perception and is preferred by hikers and mountain bikers as it improves contrast on grass and against blue skies.
  • Mirror – Provides glare perception and filters natural colors.

Dr. Shofner recommends that first and foremost, you make safety the number one factor in deciding on your next pair of shades. “Consider optimum UVA/UVB protection and special safety lens first for activities to protect from flying debris.” He also recommends purchasing more than one pair if you participate in several sports that offer different lighting conditions. “I’ve seen some sports frames that offer interchangeable lenses to meet specific lighting conditions,” says Dr. Shofner.  If you have any questions about your prescription or the best sunglasses to optimize your vision, contact your local eye doctor or simply contact Shofner Vision Center at 615-340-4733.

You Can Blame The Athletes For This Year's Sunglass Selection

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