Sunglasses are an Essential Part of Outdoor Protection
Participation in outdoor activities always increases as the summer season approaches. Even though the weather and climate in the UK this year has been quite random, outdoor sports and activities are still extremely popular. Spring brings a major increase in the number of hikers, walkers and cyclists, as the heavy rain and extreme cold temperatures of the winter season usually disappear to be replaced by milder days that are perfect for such activities.
A hiker should always ensure they have the right protective clothing, equipment, food, water and other essentials to ensure that the planned hike goes as planned with the risk of danger minimised. Obviously items such as walking boots, socks, rainproof jackets and water are seen as vital items for hiking; however sunglasses should also be included as an essential part of outdoor protection. In the warmer months from April through to September, the sun's UV rays become stronger and can have a damaging effect on a the eyes if they are exposed to these harmful rays for too long. Hikers often scale steep hills, mountains and paths to get to their chosen destinations which often means the angle of the route being navigated leaves them exposed to direct sunlight in their faces and eyes, thus decreasing visual performance and making their eyes water. By wearing a pair of sunglasses that block UV rays you are screening your eyes from the dangers of sunlight. Choosing a pair of sunglasses that enhances light would also be beneficial for early morning or night hikes when the light conditions are often much duller than at midday. Interchangeable sunglasses lenses are excellent to ensure the best contrast and definition whatever the weather and light conditions.
The wind is also a factor for outdoor enthusiasts. When choosing eyewear for any outdoor activity it is advisable to go for a lightweight, wraparound style of sunglasses as they offer increased protection from the wind and can also help prevent dust and small objects from getting into your eyes and so decreasing visual performance.
Cyclists have to be very wary and protective of their eyes at all times. Sunlight can reflect off flat surfaces which affects visual performance and can also prevent them from seeing objects such as vehicles, people and changing terrain which could be a potentially life threatening situation. This goes for the wind, debris from the road, dust and even small insects getting into the eyes. It is fair to say that it is imperative cyclists choose the right type of cycling sunglasses for the days conditions. Polycarbonate lenses are perfect for cycling as they offer a shatterproof solution that increases peripheral vision and looks stylish at the same time.
It is always worth speaking with lens manufacturers or reputable retailers of sunglasses to find the ideal solution for your chosen outdoor activity. The key is to remember that your eyes are probably the most important part of your body, whatever the scenario, and protecting them will ultimately increase overall performance.