Special Use for Sunglasses in Various Sports

Sunglasses have to meet special requirements when worn for sports, needing shatterproof and impact-resistant lenses. Also, in order to keep the glasses in place during sporting activities, a strap or other fixing is typically used in this respect.

For water sports, the so-called water sunglasses (or water eye wear) are specially adapted for use in turbulent water, in the case of sports such as surf. In addition to these features, water sunglasses can have increased buoyancy to stop them from sinking should they come off, and they can have a vent or other method to eliminate fogging. These sunglasses are used in water sports such as surfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, kayaking, jet skiing, and water skiing.

Mountain climbing or traveling across glaciers or snowfields requires eye protection because the sunlight (including ultraviolet radiation) is more intense in higher altitudes, and snow and ice reflect additional light. The most popular glasses for this purpose are the so- called glacier glasses or glacier goggles. They typically have very dark round lenses and leather blinders at the sides, which protect the eyes by blocking the sun's rays around the edges of the lenses.


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