Every good athlete should include sports glasses in their basic equipment, as they are a key element to protect the eyes from blows or solar radiation. However, many times we do not give sports glasses the importance they deserve, we sometimes use them as specific accessories and we do not have the acquired routine of putting them on every time we leave the house. This may be due to the fact that we are not fully aware of the importance of wearing a good pair of sports glasses in every practice that is carried out outdoors.
The main function of sports glasses is, on the one hand, to protect ourselves from any impact and, on the other, to act as a reflective screen against UV rays, against insects that may be in the environment, against branches that we can find on the road, dust, sand, stones that jump from the asphalt, or from the earth itself if we practice mountain sports.
Therefore, the simple fact of placing a technical glasses on our eyes prevents us from possible eye injuries caused by a blow, shock, fall, or by the sun's radiation, should motivate us more to wear them. It is a very simple action that means a lot. And is that one of these accidents could even cause problems in the cornea, internal bleeding, traumatic cataracts, or inflammation in both the eye and the area around it. The idea with this is not to create panic or scare. When we practice adventure sports, and even some extreme sports, we understand that there are a number of associated risks. However, knowing how to take care of ourselves with the correct equipment is of the utmost importance. We will also have better sports performance if we are well equipped.
We find almost as many sports glasses as there are sports. Normally, athletes who practice outdoor activities are those who tend to use technical sports sunglasses more, since they are more exposed to the possibility of suffering an accident, either caused by an impact with a rival, by a fortuitous fall, or by the "simple" action of the sun on the eyes to which they are exposed. However, it is activities such as triathlon, trail running, running, cycling, windsurfing or skiing, and many more, which are most associated with the use of special lenses. It comes as no surprise that experts say that between 90% and 100% of eye problems caused by a blow could be avoided with a good pair of sports goggles.
When we ask ourselves about the effectiveness of wearing sports sunglasses, the answer is clear: their high performance. Both the frames and the lenses of quality sports glasses are made of highly impact resistant materials. There is a great offer and variety in terms of the materials that make up the glasses based on their quality, resistance, lightness and price, just like the ones you get in Uller®, according to the different collections available. The most commonly used materials in general are acetate, plastic, TR-90, aluminum, titanium, and there are even some glasses made with carbon fiber. We must be very careful in the choice of the frame that we are going to use, since each the needs that each sport requires varies a little, so the range of choice of sports sunglasses will also vary.
In addition to the frame, sports sunglasses have, like any other glasses, their corresponding lens, which is also designed to be used in the performance of a specific sport and is designed to give it a specific use. The lenses are large and enveloping, responsible for promoting our good sports performance, and taking our efficiency to the highest level; the visual demands are very different from one sport to another, so each lens will enhance some details or some tonalities more than others; Seeing through our glasses means that we will be able to observe, or not, a certain detail, and that detail can make the difference between being first or being second.
The most common material, and one of the best, with which the lenses of a sports sunglasses are made is polycarbonate, as it has qualities that make it highly resistant to shocks. Logically, it is essential that the material of the lens withstands without breaking when it is hit by elements that can go at high speed, such as a ball thrown by an opponent, or a thick stone that has jumped off the asphalt, or even a branch of a tree that we have not detected until we have collided with it.
There are sports that are especially sensitive and dangerous if we talk about the exposure we suffer to UV rays while we practice them; Among these, we highlight skiing or snowboarding due to the wide expanses of snow (white and reflective), or sports such as windsurfing, and others in which we find ourselves in front of vast expanses of water, equally reflective. We spend many hours in a row doing these sports and sometimes we forget that snow greatly reflects the sunlight it absorbs, and the higher the height at which we are, the greater the effect of the sun's rays on the snow. In this type of activity, having sports sunglasses is absolutely essential and necessary. However, in this type of sports it is much more common for athletes to be aware, because spending more than 10 minutes surrounded by white snow (or water if that is the case) and sunlight, without protection, is makes it almost impossible to get. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, the sports in which there is a greater use of sports sunglasses, it is in cycling, running and trail running, in baseball championships, golf, in mountain sports and in tennis among others, and all of them have different characteristics that will make your design, model and choice of sports glasses vary with a view to improving your sports performance.
For those who do mountain sports, such as hiking or trail running, sports glasses with a thick lens and frame will guarantee resistance to any impact they may encounter on their way. In addition, they will promote ventilation and prevent fogging of the lenses, making crossings more comfortable, both when climbing to the top and when walking through the valleys. They also have an integrated side shield that blocks out strong light and side glare. In the case of cyclists, the lenses usually have a thin frame, or directly dispense with the load of the frame, since what is sought with the use of sports sunglasses in the practice of this activity is to have a good width of the visual field. Both the frame and the lenses must be light and aerodynamic so as not to reduce the cyclist's speed, and serve as an aid to the action of the wind in the eyes, which, if not for the glasses, will impede the good visibility of the cyclist and make pedaling difficult .
As for mountain sports, such as skiing and snowboarding, the ideal is to have polarized sports sunglasses, whose function is to filter the light that the lens receives from a specific direction. The most common is that the lenses are polarized vertically and thus this light that falls horizontally is blocked, which adapts very well to the needs that must be satisfied with regard to the choice of sunglasses sports Ski and snow goggles usually also have an anti-fog system. This will help prevent fogging while playing the sport. Another must have for ski sports goggles is that they have an internal ventilation system. Only masks with anti-condensation technology will allow progressive air recirculation and guarantee better visibility. These glasses should fit your face and face properly. They must have anti-slip adjustment straps to fix them well to your head and to the helmet, they must be light glasses. The ideal material is thermoplastic polyurethane, which provides the highest quality and lightness.
In our sports optics brand Uller, we offer models of technical sports sunglasses designed for cycling, running, trail running and even water sportss. We are a brand specialized in offering sports products of the best quality and that offer the best benefits so that athletes feel safe and comfortable using them. The vast majority of our sports sunglasses have two interchangeable lenses, which offer greater dynamism, as they can be used both on sunny days and in bad conditions.
On the other hand, we have specific collections of glasses designed to be used in skiing and snowboarding. These glasses, in addition to having high technical features to guarantee the best performance and maximum reliability in the most extreme conditions during freeride, are polarized, perfectly adapt to facial features and fully integrate into the helmet; they are prepared to take them to the highest level of performance in the most adverse conditions, without ever neglecting aesthetics, of course. The designs of sports glasses are very original, they have a visual and simple aesthetic, which emanates an aura of elegance and class that infects whoever wears them.
You already know the importance and effectiveness of sports sunglasses, you just need to try them for yourself! Access the online store of our technical sports optics brand Uller so you don't miss out on your pair of glasses, whatever your specialty.