Sunglasses haven’t gotten larger just for the glamour effect, there’s a good reason your frames are getting taller and wider, and it’s because our brands want to protect you from the sun as much as possible! Active folks who spend time outdoors, no matter which season, are more susceptible to ultraviolet radiation if they are participating in water or snow sports or even making their way up a mountain, and having the right pair of designer sunglasses is an important part of staying safe.
This is the wrong way to wear your shades this summer. They are far too small to provide enough protection for your eyes! UVA and UVB rays can still get to them on all sides because there’s no peripheral protection, and if you’re spending the day on the water you can seriously harm your eyes without enough to shield yourself from the sun. Here’s why.
Water reflects nearly 90 percent of UVB rays directly towards your eyes, which can excel the growth of cataracts and other eye conditions and put you at risk for ultraviolet keratitis (a sunburn of the eye that can be painful and lead to temporary blindness). Hikers need better protection around their eyes as well because UV radiation increases 4 percent for every 1,000 feet of elevation – and being around fresh snow on a mountain also carries the same percentage of reflected light as water.
So which frames are best for activities in the sun? Many athletes prefer Oakley sunglasses because they’re made with these type of activities in mind. They provide a close fit and many have side shields or wraparound-style frames to help keep out UV light. You also want to find a pair with polarized lenses that bock 100 percent of ultraviolet radiation. Here are a few styles that will help keep your eyes in tip-top shape throughout the year:
Oakley Offshoot sunglasses have a single polarized-lens shield protecting your eyes, with wide temples that help keep the sun out fo your eyes.
Contrary to popular belief, darker lenses don’t always mean they’re more protective. These Oakley Pit Boss sunglasses feature polarized lenses in a tungsten shade, which has the same level of polarization as the brand’s black lenses. Different colors simply serve different purposes, like providing better visual acuity in lower-light conditions or improved color contrast. The above color does the latter.
Oakley Tightrope sunglasses may resemble the size of the frame in our example of the wrong way to wear your sunglasses, but the brand’s three-point fit ensures that these are snug and secure around your eyes for the utmost protection. The ice iridium lenses reduce glare and are best for truer color perception in extremely bright light.
As we get closer to June, it’s finally starting to seem like the warm weather is here to stay. This is the most important time of the year for us to emphasize the importance of eye protection, especially when you’re spending more time outside just soaking up the rays or getting physical with some outdoor sports. We love this ad from Oakley, it says it all. It’s better to be protected, and it will make your summer infinitely more enjoyable when you’re not nursing a sunburn on your skin AND your eyes. A sunburn on your eyes is known as photokeratitis, and you may remember when it happened to Anderson Cooper not too long ago. Oakley sunglasses are a great choice for active folks, especially because of its intelligent construction designed to keep you protected at all times.
Above, the model is wearing Oakley Warm Up sunglasses, a more feminine and stylish frame offered by the all-American brand. Performance sunglasses don’t have to be chunky and manly, a graceful design with soft curves will do just as well keeping your eyes safe from harm. Patented Unobtainium material appears on the nosepads and ear pads, providing a no-slip grip so your designer sunglasses stay put while you work up a sweat. Its stress-resistant is important for deflecting impact when you’re out on the field as well
Warm Up comes in four cool colors with various lens options, seen above in Chocolate Sin with dark brown gradient lenses. It is also offered in Cosmo (burgundy), Polished Black, and Polished White.
Explore the rest of our Oakley collection over at our website, with plenty of styles available for both men and women. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Let us know in the comments or give us a call at 866-411-9428 and we’ll be happy to help.
When one brand is a top choice for athletes all over the world, you have to wonder what makes them so special. Oakley sunglasses are the number-one maker of high-end performance eyewear thanks to its numerous innovations over the years. A simple product description just isn’t enough to tell you all about what goes into producing a pair, so use this as your guide to picking out your next pair of Oakley shades.
Many Oakley sunglasses are made with O Matter (R), a lightweight, plastic material that is made specifically for strength and durability, with shock absorption and the ability to weather the elements making them perfect for outdoor sports. Metal frames are constructed with either titanium or C-5 alloy, both extremely lightweight materials that are equally as as strong. You may notice that the nosepieces and “ear socks” are made of what Oakley calls Unobtainium, named for the curious way in which the material used increases grip in the face of moisture, so the frames will stay on during a sweaty game of football, an exciting day water skiing, or any other situation that leads to wetness behind the ears.
Oakley offers a variety of lens colors not just for aesthetics, but each shade serves its own purpose for varying weather conditions, sunlight levels, and activities. This is the main reason the brand developed Switchlock interchangeable lens technology, which allows wearers to change up their lenses easily and securely according to their visual needs. Each color provides optimal vision in the appropriate lighting conditions, while iridium coating reduces glare. Visit Oakley’s site for an easy-to-navigate list of each option and its ideal use.
The performance eyewear brand’s three-point fit is yet another reason Oakley is the top choice for athletes everywhere. This design provides the utmost stability so you can get physical without having to worry about where your designer sunglasses are going to fly. This precise fit also gives you the perfect optical alignment for more precise vision and extended peripheral view.
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