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4 FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING BOATING SUNGLASSES

Wearing sunglasses while cruising on your boat isn’t just about looking stylish. They’re crucial to protecting your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun. Read on to learn why wearing sunnies while boating is important and what factors you need to consider when shopping for the perfect pair.

PURPOSE OF SUNGLASSES

When it comes to prolonged exposure to the sun, protecting your eyes with sunglasses is as important as sunblock for your skin. The risk of damaging your eyes doubles when you’re out in the water. Apart from the sun’s rays, you’re also exposed to the light reflected from the water. This makes everything you see much brighter compared to when you’re on land.

Without adequate protection for your eyes, you can significantly impair your vision. You may experience visual discomfort and headaches. You may also be at risk for certain eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

So, wearing sunglasses while boating isn’t simply about looking stylish. It’s about protecting your eyes, which many have touted as the most important sense organ.

POLARISED LENS

Regular sunglasses are adequate when used on land, but when you’re on the water, you need something that has been tailored for marine conditions. One of the most popular choices for boaters are sunnies with polarised lenses.

Unlike standard sunglasses that allow all types of light to pass through, polarised lenses block horizontal wavelengths and only enable vertical wavelengths to pass through them. Apart from protection from UVA and UVB rays, polarised lenses also block the sun’s glare from the water.
Sunnies with polarised lenses also enhances natural colour and depth perception. You have a more unobstructed view of the water, and you can even see below the surface with greater visual clarity.

LENS COLOUR

Another factor to consider when choosing boating sunglasses is the lens colour. Your colour choice won’t simply be about what matches your outfit. They improve your vision depending on the kind of light you’re exposed to.
Grey lenses, which are a popular choice among boaters, are best for overcast conditions. They provide good contrast and vibrance, and don’t produce any colour distortions.

Green lenses provide less colour distortion and enhanced visual acuity while reddish tints offer increased contrast and depth perception. Brown and amber lenses also provide better light management during cloudy or rainy conditions. Lastly, purple and rose lenses heighten visual acuity and offer the brightest field of vision. These are best used for fishing.

FRAME DESIGN

You’ll be wearing your sunglasses for the entire duration of the boat trip. So, it has to be comfortable enough to wear. Make sure to pick one that offers a snug fit, so it won’t fall off easily. You should also opt for flat lenses for less distortion.

Meanwhile, when it comes to the frame design, it’ll depend on which you like best. Keep in mind, though, that the larger the frames, the less distortion there will be as well. Sunnies made from aluminium or polycarbonate material are good choices as they’re sturdy but lightweight.

Also, opt for sunnies that are shatterproof, so your eyes remain safe in case of accidents.

COATING OPTIONS

Apart from the polarised lens, sunnies can also come with other types of coating. For example, an anti-reflective coating will filter glare from certain angles and will enhance the effect of polarisation. An anti-scratch coating, on the other hand, adds a protective layer that prevents scratches on the lens. You can also opt for hydrophobic coating, which can repel salt water and sweat better than regular sunglasses.

When it comes to choosing boating sunglasses, it isn’t enough to pick a pair that looks good on you. You have to look for specific features to ensure that your eyes are protected from the harmful rays of the sun. With all the different models available in the market, however, that doesn’t mean that you can’t look good and protect your eyes at the same time.


 

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John Steele
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John loves cooking at home and outdoors, travelling, fishing and discovering a new life. He's got loads of experience he wants to share while he adventures through retirement.