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Sunglasses are synonymous with sports. Whether it’s the course, court, diamond, or pool, it’s safe to say 99.9% of people playing, or watching for that matter, will have on sports sunglasses. And while people are apt to think of glamor when they think of sunglasses, what sports glasses are really designed for, whether they are prescription sports glasses or not, is better vision and optimal performance.

Sports Sunglasses Manage Sunlight

Without light, we would have no vision since vision can be defined as processing visual light to create images. All forms of light are made up of electromagnetic rays of varying wavelengths and colors with violet, composed of longer waves at one end of the spectrum, and red at the short end, and all the colors of the rainbow in between. Combined, we perceive them as white light, and unfortunately, often at a crucial point in a game, this light is accompanied by glare. Fortunately, tinted sports eyeglasses can selectively reduce the transmission of certain wavelengths, and in so doing, not only reduce glare but intensify contrast.

Sports Sunglasses Give Athletes Extra Advantages

With enhanced contrast, we see not only in comfort, but with better clarity, accuracy, and speed. Depending on the sport, the extra edge that comes from wearing sports glasses can show itself in winning ways.

• Golfers are better able to “read the greens” and punt more accurately since the contrast between dark and light patterns on the grass are enhanced. In fact, Adidas developed green-contrasting lenses especially for the PGA tour.
• Bikers outfitted with appropriately tinted lens colors for the time of day can better distinguish the patterns of shadow and sunlight falling across the road or trail, especially when traveling at fast downhill speeds.
• Softball, baseball, and tennis players are able to better concentrate on the rotations of the ball so they can time the swing of their bat or racquet just right.

Different Tints for Different Lighting

Most athletes have at least two pairs of sports glasses for wearing in different types of light, and conditions. Yellow and amber are recommended for overcast skies and medium to dark brown work best on sunny days. While all the designer eyeglasses we carry in our two Houston boutiques rise to any occasion, many golfers like the Retigo and Adivista, both from Adidas, while runners and bikers opt for the lightweight contrast-enhancing Adidas Adizero. And since amber, red, and orange tinted lenses are best at optimizing contrast, some athletes even go the extra mile with the Evil Eye , Evil Eye Pro or Adilibria Halfrim, all of which come with interchangeable lenses.

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