What to Consider in Winter Sport Eyewear
As winter approaches and gets underway, you may be looking forward to and planning for long weekends in the mountains where you can enjoy your favorite winter sport, be it snowboarding, snowmobiling or sledding. As you book your lodging reservations, score great deals on pre-season ticket sales and shop for new jackets and hats, don’t forget about your eyewear. If you regularly wear prescription glasses, it might be a good idea to invest in some sport glasses or goggles that will keep you safe and comfortable while you enjoy the snow.
The most important thing to keep in mind when shopping for prescription eyewear geared toward winter sports is safety. If your favorite winter sport consists of high speeds and a risk of falling, like downhill snow skiing, your lenses should be made from polycarbonate or Trivex. These light-weight materials are more durable than glass or regular plastic lenses and won’t shatter upon impact. You can hit the slopes with more confidence knowing that if you take a gnarly fall, you can count on your eyes being protected. The fact that both materials naturally absorb UV rays is an added layer of protection for your eyes.
Another aspect to consider when choosing sport lenses is whether they are polarized. Lots of people like polarized glasses because it prevents glare, which makes the brightness of the snow feel less harsh on their eyes. However, it can also make it harder to spot icy patches of snow, which could be a safety concern. The color of your lenses can impact how well you see too. Yellow-orange tinted lenses will enhance contrasts in the snow and help to see changes in terrain and are recommended for snow sport glasses or goggles.
If you will be partaking in a slower-paced winter sport, like cross-country skiing, you might be tempted to wear your regular prescription glasses, but that would be an oversight. When spending time outdoors for any sport, weather can be a factor in eye comfort. Sport style glasses usually wrap around the eyes, protecting them from getting dried out by the wind. Sport goggles take it one step further by fitting snuggly around the eyes creating added protection and preventing the goggles from slipping down your face, which can be just as obnoxious when snowshoeing as it is when sledding.
Once you’ve secured a pair of prescription sport glasses or goggles, your eyes will be ready to take in the mountains and snow. Visit this website to find eyeglasses frames in El Cajon.
Jessica is an experienced eye care specialist. You can find her thoughts at Weebly blog.
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