8 Tips on How to Choose the Best Glasses for Your Face

In recent years, sports eyewear has drastically improved in all areas including comfort, fashion, and weight. As shown time and again by numerous sporting stars like Horace Grant. He's the champion of sports eyewear!

Grant played for the Chicago Bulls back in the '90s and never played without his protective goggles!

Fashion aside, if you're participating in sports it's imperative you look after your eyes. We could avoid a shocking 90% of sporting eye injuries if we all were to wear the appropriate eyewear!

The best way to protect yourself is to swot up and find out which eyewear is best for your chosen sport.

With so much choice available, we want to help you find the right sports eyewear, so you don't waste your money! Here are six things you should look for when purchasing sports eyewear.

1. Have Polycarbonate Lenses Been Fitted?

If the answers no and you play an impact sport, run for the hills!
You must ensure your glasses have impact-proof polycarbonate lenses. These are essential because they're shatterproof.

If your glasses were to smash on the field, these lenses ensure you won't get a nasty eye injury from your eyewear.

They're also especially handy if you're playing outdoor sport because they provide ultraviolet protection.

Don't forget, most eye care professionals can tailor polycarbonate lenses to suit your current prescription. Be sure to ask and see if this is a service they can offer you.

2. Do I Need a Teather, Leash, or, Lanyard?

If you're planning on running a marathon, you need to ensure you won't lose your glasses in the process.

Always make sure your eyewear comes with a leash. This will reduce the chances of them falling off your head while running!

3. You Must Check Your Warranty

Before buying sports eyewear, we recommend fathoming the exact terms of your warranty.

There's no shame in asking an assistant for the specifics. Just make sure you know the circumstances that allow you to bring your eyewear back for a return or repair. The extra effort taken here could save you a lot of money in the long run.

4. Polarized Lenses

Polarized lenses are ideal if you're into winter sports because they reduce reflective glare by 99%!

If you're hunting for ski goggles, make sure they come with an anti-fogging coating. This is essential for maintaining full vision on the slopes and can help prevent a nasty injury.

You should also ensure that your ski goggles have controllable vents and double lenses.

Finally, it's worth enquiring as to whether the goggles have a high-quality anti-scratch coating. This increases the chances of your investment standing the test of time.

REMEMBER anti-scratch coating is something you should check for when purchasing any sports eyewear, not just ski goggles.

As a side note- you can also source swimming goggles with polarized lenses. These are handy for swimming outdoors.

5. Does the Colour of the Lens Matter?

In short, yes. It matters a lot.

The color of your lens can enhance the intensity of particular colors and if chosen wisely can aid your sporting performance.

The list of colored lenses below are excellent examples;

  • Pink- This softens lighting and decreases the chances of getting a headache/migraine.
  • Orange- This cancels out the color blue. An orange tint is proven to minimize eyestrain because a lot of the blue light from fluorescent lighting is absorbed.
  • Gray- This serves a similar purpose to the color orange because it also tones down blue light. But, gray doesn't alter the natural colors around you.
  • Yellow- This increases the contrast between blue and green. This is perfect if you're playing sport in overcast weather with little lighting.
  • Purple- Arguably, the most fashionable color lens. Also suitable for providing shade without distorting natural colors.
  • Copper- Ideal for reducing the glare from the sun.
  • Green- Great for decreasing the likelihood of eye strain when playing sport in bright lighting.
Given the above information, think of the sports you play and the conditions they're in. What color lens would benefit you most?

6. How Much Should I pay for Sports Eyewear?

It's tempting to grab a cheap pair of sports eyewear from the internet. However, proceed with caution! These products are usually not up to scratch. Sadly, these cheaper options often put your eyes at risk.

If you're purchasing knock-off sports eyewear online, these are the corners you'll cut;

  • You won't have access to a trained professional who can correctly fit the frames to the size of your face. If you get a poor fit, you run the risk of skin irritation and the glasses falling off when you're active. This can be very distracting and sometimes dangerous!

Ideally, you want to tailor your eyewear to the shape of your unique face. So, try and opt for a pair of glasses that has both an adjustable nose bridge and arms. This will increase the chances of getting a proper fit.

  • We've seen time, and again that cheaper glasses don't use the same quality of scratch protection. This means your eyewear won't last as long and you'll end up having to buy a new pair.
  • You can't physically hold the product. This means you have no idea what the glasses are like or the quality of the eyewear you're purchasing.

How do you know your glasses won't slip?

You should always do a couple of jumps on the spot while wearing the sports glasses you're looking to buy. This allows you to see whether they feel secure on your face- a perfect indicator of whether they're a sound fit.

Would You Like Some More Information on Sports Eyewear?

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We look forward to hearing from you soon!