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Choose the ideal sunglasses for your lifestyle and sports activity

At Space Healthcare we’ve carefully selected the Maui Jim range of sunglasses to provide the best in performance and protection for a wide range of  sports.

Your eyes are just like your skin – they need protection from UV radiation, even on cloudy, overcast days. Wearing sunglasses is a preventative measure to help you decrease your likelihood of developing eye health issues or diseases that may be linked to UV exposure.

Here are a few tips to keep your eyes safe in the sun.

  • If you wear glasses or contact lenses, it is important to have a spare pair of prescription sunglasses to keep your eyes safe.h405-10
  • Look for sunglasses that are close fitting as they help to prevent light getting behind your sunglasses and into your eyes
  • The best colour lenses for protecting your eyes are brown, amber, green or grey
  • UV light is strongest in the middle of the day so take extra care around these times
  • Sunlight bouncing off water is even stronger so it is especially important to protect your eyes on the beach

All Space Healthcare, all our sunglasses have 100% UV protection and we can fit prescription lenses to the great range of Maui Jim styles.

Driving

Safety on the road must always be our number one priority when driving. There are many obstacles out there that can cause danger. Sunlight – whether bright sunlight, low sunlight or no sunlight at all, each has its own dangers.

One of the biggest threats to drivers occurs when the sun sits low in the sky, towards the end of the year.  Driving directly into low-lying sunlight absolutely requires sunglasses. But not just any sunglasses – sunglasses with polarised lenses that block light and glare more selectively. Also, when the sun goes down other drivers’ headlights become an issue.

What lenses should you choose?

Polarised lenses will reduce glare from reflected light off the road and windscreens making them ideal for driving during bright daylight hours – as long as they’re vertically polarised. The cheaper the polarised lens, the more likely it is to be polarised for a random direction, which is absolutely no help to drivers blinded by sunlight from a low-lying sun or light reflecting off the road. When it comes to polarised lenses you really do get what you pay for.

What frames should you choose?

Go for frames with good all-round peripheral vision -rimless or Supra (no rim on the bottom edge) and oversized frames with a deep lens shape. And of course, you’ll want something lightweight and comfortable too.

Golf

We can’t guarantee to lower your handicap but you might be surprised be surprised at what a difference the right eyewear can make! The right eyewear enables you to distinguish fairways and greens, read greens and follow your ball in flight. Equally important, they will also protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and the rare incidences of an injury occurring.

What lenses should you choose?

Golf-specific tints will help with your perception of contour and contrast. Brown polarized tints will help to reduce glare from the course in strong sunlight. Grey lenses will provide a more natural vision with true colour perception. Alternatively, Transitions lenses offer a flexible solution to varying light conditions

Which frames should you choose?

Most golfers find that their regular frames can interfere with their swing, so look for rimless frames or supra frames (no rim on the bottom edge). Oversized frames with a secure fit help to increase you peripheral vision.

Tennis

Eyewear for tennis can help you to see the ball that split-second sooner, aid your aim and accuracy and reduce glare from the court surface.

It’s not surprising that most sports eye injuries come from racquet sports. However, the correct eyewear can help to protect from harmful UV rays, balls travelling at high speeds, impact from racquets and collisions during double matches.

What lenses should you choose?

Tennis-specific tints will improve contrast to allow you to see the ball quicker and easier. Brown polarised lenses will reduce glare and help contrast in bright sunlight. Grey lenses will provide a natural vision and true colour perception.

Which frames should you choose?

Look for plastic or polycarbonate frames with a close, secure fit and good peripheral vision.

Bike and Hike Sports

Eyewear that is made especially for cycling and hiking can help to enhance your experience because it can aid in distinguishing road signs and obstacles at speed. Contrast can also increase, so you can see any changes in terrain such as pot holes, rocks and logs.

Flying debris and increased airflow straight into your eyes are just a couple of things that can make your ride less pleasant. The exposure to harmful UV can also be damaging to your eye health. That’s why sunglasses are so important.

What lenses should you choose?

Polycarbonate cycle-specific tints aid perception of contour and contrast in medium to low light conditions. Grey polarised tints will help to reduce glare in strong sunlight. You may want to consider interchangeable lenses if you’re riding in varying conditions.

Which frames should I choose?

Wrap-around styles help to shield the eyes from wind and debris and oversized frames with deep lenses offer good peripheral vision. You want tough, robust frames with a secure, firm fit and if you’re out for hours you want something nice and light.

On the Water Sports

Glare from the water is among the harshest there is, so having the correct eyewear is vital. Whatever form of water sport you are doing, we can advise on the most suitable frames for your needs.

Which frames should you choose?

Any frame material can be used so in this situation it mainly comes down to personal choice. A comfortable fit with oversized / deep lenses to offer good peripheral vision is invaluable.

Specialist eyewear for water sports can help to reduce the high amount of glare coming off the water and adapt to varying light conditions. They can also offer protection from UV light, wind and spray and irritation caused by prolonged exposure to salt water. Look for sunglasses with a sports strap too, so you don’t lose them each time you take a fall!

What lenses should you choose?

Polarised lenses are ideal for reducing glare off the water and allow you to be at the top of your game out on the water. Polycarbonate lenses are recommended from high speed sports such as waterskiing and windsurfing. Brown, grey and G15 polarised lenses are ideal for bright sunlight.

Which frames should you choose?

Plastic frames fare better than metal in salt water. Wrap-around styles provide better peripheral vision. Always go for a secure/firm fit so your frames stay in place while out on the water.

Snow and Winter Sports

Whether skiing or snowboarding, eyewear that has been designed especially for snow-related sports can help to reduce the glare created by strong sunlight and help to distinguish changes in the contour and textures of snow. Specialist eyewear can also adapt to varying light conditions on the slopes and help wearers to see more clearly on the snow, which is vital when travelling at high speeds.

Eyewear designed especially for snow sports is also very important when it comes to protecting your eyes. As well as offering increased protection from falls and low branches, they also provide a 100% block against harmful UV rays that increase with altitude.

Goggles aren’t the only option and sunglasses can be a great substitute, providing similar protection but on a smaller, less bulky scale. What you really need is a close fit and sturdy frame, plus something that won’t fog-up and ruin a great day out on the piste.

At Space Healthcare we have a great selection of suitable Maui Jim sunglasses available and our highly-trained sales advisors will be able to advise you on the best options for you.

What lenses should you choose?

Polarised lenses can reduce glare and the correct colour lenses can enhance contours in the snow. Ski-specific tints will help with your perception of contour and contrast in medium to low light levels. Brown/amber tints will provide improved contrast against the white background

Which frames should you choose?

Plastic or polycarbonate frames offer greater impact resistance and fare better in the cold than metal frames.

Wrap-around styles are great at keeping out the wind and snow.

A secure/firm fit helps to ensure the frame won’t slip or fall off.

Swimming

Swimming goggles help to protect the eyes from chemicals and microorganisms found in the water. Even if you wear a prescription, goggles can be ordered with your prescription in them so you will still be able to see underwater.

The most important thing to check in order to make sure that your goggles will work properly is that they create a good seal so that water cannot seep in. In order to do this, they need to fit on the bone around the eyes, not inside the eye socket itself and there shouldn’t be any visible gaps between the goggle and your face.

What lenses should you choose?

Ready-made spherical correction and custom prescription goggles normally provide more than suitable vision for most people when swimming and getting to and from the pool area. If you’re an enthusiast, custom-made full- prescription swimming goggles are the most highly recommended.

Better still – get rid of the prescription with laser refractive vision correction!

Fishing

Eyewear that has been made especially for fishing can help to reduce the amount of glare off the water, enable you to see through the water’s surface so you can see the fish and can also adapt to varying light conditions. They can also protect against UV light, wind and spray, making your overall experience more comfortable and enjoyable.

What lenses should you choose?

A polarised lens will see an end to that annoying glare. You’ll see everything you need with sharpened vision and you’ll be protected from all the harmful UV with a good pair of sunglasses. Brown or grey polarised lenses are ideal for bright sunlight. Or why not try Transitions lenses for a flexible solution to varying light conditions?

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