The choices out there can be overwhelming, but the first step is to assess what your needs are. What do you do for a living? What do you do for leisure? How much time is spent on these things? A good optician will want to know what your needs are, so if they don’t bring it up, be sure to speak with them about your needs. That’s the first step!
Let’s talk sports first. For outdoor sports like golfing, boating, running, and tennis, and beach volleyball, you’ll find polarized lenses are the way to go. These lenses block out all the glare and allow for more comfortable and clear vision than standard sunglasses. You’ll also want to be sure your sunglasses block out 100% of ultraviolet light.
Sun lenses come in different colors. Many boaters and tennis players prefer grey lenses and golfers tend to like the brown lenses, but ultimately the choice is what ever is your preference. When shopping for prescription or non-prescription eye wear, ask to take the lenses outside to test them out.
Indoor sports like racquetball require safety lenses and frames or you may find yourself making an emergency visit to your eye doctor’s office. Other sports like bowling and basketball may seem like a likely way to be injured, and you’re right with bowling, but basketball is one of the more likely sports to result in eye injuries, usually from finger pokes. So, close fitting sports goggle make sense. Not to ignore bowling….consider anti-glare lenses so you can see those pins and marks more clearly and score the high game.
The bottom line is to be sure you discuss with the optician what your activities are so they can be sure you’ll be seeing your best!