What Are the Best Lenses to Protect My Eyes from The Sun and Durable Enough for Play?

Protecting your eyes from ultraviolet rays as well as fast moving objects during sports is an essential part of good eye health. Glasses and goggles are not just recommended for athletes with prescription needs to ensure clarity of vision. Eyewear can protect against serious injury that includes corneal abrasions, retinal detachment and even vision loss.

The best lenses to protect eyes from the sun and durable enough for play are lenses that first and foremost guard against ultraviolet rays. You will want to select lenses that block or absorb at least 99% of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Keep in mind that the sun is still present even on cloudy days and UV blocking lenses should always be worn when outdoors. UV coating should not be confused with photochromic coating where the lenses gradually darken when exposed to sunlight. Anti-reflective coating is also recommended to eliminate reflections or glares from both the front and back surfaces of the eyewear for clearer vision and better performance. Polycarbonate lenses are the safest lens options for sports as the material is impact resistant. Most polycarbonate lenses come equipped with built-in ultraviolet protection as well as scratch resistant coating for additional durability. The tint color of the lens depends on the type of sport or activity you are engaged in as well as your own personal needs for eyewear. In general, gray tint is recommended for all outdoor sports in bright light conditions because gray tint will reduce brightness while maintaining color recognition. 

To ensure your eyes have not been damaged due to sun exposure or sports injury, contact Retina Consultants of Nevada at 702-369-0200 for a comprehensive eye exam. To learn more about protecting your eyes from the sun and what protective eyewear options are the best fit for you while still durable enough for play, visit our list of resources here at WEBSITE.