Athletes across the board, in every sport, amateurs and professionals alike, wear sunglasses and use eyewear products. Bikers, surfers, skiers, boarders, you name it.
Whether it's volleyball on the beach, wakeboarding, or professional car racing, high performance is expected by these go-getters and failure is not an option. The quest for perfection starts with their training and touches every aspect of their lives: their equipment, clothing and even accessories like sunglasses.
When it comes to sunglasses, the choice of style and comfort level is very personal. If the glasses are too dark, and too little light reaches the eyes, vision is obviously impaired. Of course, if the lens is not dark enough, then the excessive brightness can cause problems including blinding glare.
You need to ensure, then, that you wear sunglasses designed to allow the proper amount of ambient light in order for you to maintain good vision, while protecting your eyes from the entire spectrum of ultra violet rays (UVA, UVB and UVC). Although it may seem pretty basic, if you're squinting behind your sunglasses because of excessive glare, then you're much more likely to feel the effects of eyestrain and headaches.
A less obvious benefit of wearing sunglasses (uber-athlete or not!) is that they protect your eyes from wind. Not only can wind dry out your eyes (and contact lenses if you wear them), which is quite uncomfortable, but it can blow dirt and dust into your eyes.
Having something in your eye of course immediately impairs your vision, it hurts like the dickens, and it can actually cause long-term damage by scratching the cornea. The best sunglasses for wind protection have close-fitting frames that wrap around your face and hug your head. These need to fit just right; otherwise you'll wind up with a headache, so make sure they're adjustable.
Certainly you don't have to be a sports fanatic or fighter pilot to reap the benefits of wearing sunglasses. People from all walks of life and those of all ages benefit from wearing sunglasses -- starting from little kids, whose eyes are more sensitive than adults and who should get used to putting on sunglasses from an early age.
More and more studies show that people who wear sunglasses regularly over the years tend to have lower occurrences of cataract formation later in life, and so establishing the habit early on (as we now know to do with sunscreen lotions) seems to be beneficial.
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