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3 Considerations for Sports Lenses

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Any sport requires clear and sharp vision, whether you play football, golf, tennis or you’re an avid cyclist. If you play sport for fun or professionally, and you begin to notice a change in your vision, it’s important to visit your optician for an eye examination to help you find the right solution. If you need lenses to correct your vision, it could make a big difference to your sporting abilities. While many choose to wear contact lenses or undergo laser eye surgery, sometimes conventional lenses are the only solution. For example, if you suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome, glasses are usually the best option. Ongoing prescription lens development means opticians can offer lenses that are optimised for a sporting environment. Wearing lenses may seem like an inconvenience, but with the right choice of sports lenses, you could enjoy effortlessly clear vision.

Choosing the right lens material

Safety for your eyes should be of paramount importance when wearing lenses for sport. Many sports lenses are made from various types of plastic and other related materials, that aren’t as susceptible to breaking as a glass lens might be.

CR-39 lenses were one of the first plastic lenses, created in the 1940s. They are made from a plastic polymer, and are generally low cost and lightweight. Polycarbonate lenses were then launched in the 1970s, first introduced as safety glasses and helmet visors. They have continued to be popular for sports lenses ever since, as they are even more impact-resistant than CR-39.

Polycarbonate lenses are less likely to fracture and can offer 100% protection from harmful UV light. They have set the standard for the likes of safety glasses, children’s eyewear and sports lenses.

Choosing the right frame style

It’s crucial that your lenses sit on your face comfortably while you enjoy your sport of choice, without having to constantly adjust them. Wraparound frames in particular can make a huge difference and fit much more snugly around your face.

It’s important to try on a variety of frame styles to find the right solution for your needs. The latest personalisation technology means you can now benefit from frame fitting parameters, making sure your lenses and frames work together to offer optimised vision based on your unique behaviour.

Investing in UV protection

Many sports take place outside, so it’s important that your eyes are protected from harmful UV light, even if it’s cloudy. The right choice of lens can protect your vision from glare, changing light conditions or everyday UV exposure, all of which could hinder your eye health and your sporting ability. There’s nothing more distracting than bright light, but the right lens can combat it seamlessly.

If you often play sports near or on water, you may wish to consider polarised lenses. Water reflects bright light which can result in blinding glare, but polarised technology can eliminate this to deliver clear vision.

Similarly, if you often find yourself playing in changing light conditions, photochromic lenses can adapt quickly and change automatically between dark and clear. This can provide an on-the-go solution, great for the golf course or the tennis court.

If you typically wear clear lenses for sport, Essilor lenses are created with a unique Eye Protect System which offers protection from harmful UV light.

Ask your local optician about the best sports lenses for your individual needs today.

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