SPORTS LENSES

SPORTS LENSES

There are a few things to keep in mind in order to get the most from your sports eyewear; the right tint, a snug, and comfortable fit.

Off-the-rack sports eyewear is often sufficient – but for certain types of sports or special visual impairments, individually fitted eyewear can generally do a whole lot more, particularly if contact lenses aren’t an option.

But what should you pay attention to when purchasing sports eyewear? And how do you distinguish between sports eyewear and a normal pair of glasses? It’s hugely important!

WHAT IS IMPORTANT WHEN SELECTING YOUR SPORTS EYEWEAR?

Your eyewear should be as durable and lightweight as possible with a snug, but comfortable, fit. Your glasses should be close enough to your eyes that no stray light gets through – at the same time, your eyelashes should not touch the lenses. The material should not splinter and be as durable as possible while still remaining malleable and flexible. 

The lighter the eyewear is, the more comfortable it sits on your nose. For this reason, and because it reduces the risk of injury, eyewear made of plastic (such as polycarbonate and polyamide) should be your first choice.

WHAT TINTS ARE AVAILABLE? WHICH TINT IS BEST FOR WHICH SPORT?

Not only do tints reduce the intensity of the light hitting the eye, but they also change its spectral composition because of their colour properties. Selecting the right tint is thus a very personal choice, and not every spectacle wearer will feel comfortable with every tint.

But no matter what tint you select, ensure that it’s not too dark. The intensity and colour must fit the type of sport and brightness.

The different protection levels can give you an overview (see tabs below).

The amount of solar radiation tends to be higher when skiing or playing water sports than with many other outdoor activities. For this reason, the tint should be a bit darker and additional mirror coating is recommended.

Water sports enthusiasts, as well as fishermen, may benefit from a polarisation filter in the lens. The special coating reduces irritating reflected light.

HOW TO ENSURE THAT YOUR SPORTS EYEWEAR IS FITTED FOR YOUR SPORT, EVEN WHEN WEARING A HELMET OR OTHER EQUIPMENT.

Playing sports often requires additional equipment such as a helmet. In this case, you should bring your equipment with you when visiting your optician. This way they can assess the situation and find the ideal solution for you.

The wearer’s posture during use is extremely important for the lens design and the subsequent fitting.

A poor visual point could mean that you might not enjoy excellent vision with your new eyewear.

Marksmen, golfers, hunters and archers should ideally have their eyewear fitted on-site, i.e. at the shooting range or on the golf course followed by a trip to their optician for final adjustments.

Protection Levels

Either bright or very bright

Light absorption: 0-20%

Ideal for protection against insects or the wind

Bright to semi-bright

Light absorption: 20-57%

Ideal for cloudy skies and some sunshine; contrast-enhancing

Dark

Light absorption: 57-82%

Ideal for normal sunlight, e.g. in summer

Very dark

Light absorption: 82-92%

Ideal for winter sports, spending time in the mountains or on the beach

Extremely dark and/or with a reflective coating

Light absorption: 92-97%

Ideal for light conditions on a glacier, on the water or in the desert (but not suitable for driving!)