Weather for cycling, are you wearing the correct sunglasses?

In association with Oranmore Optometrists

When it comes to enjoying our free time, there are many activities in which we like to enjoy. One of the most important senses for these hobbies is our eyesight. Thus it is essential to ensure that our eyes are maximally protected at all times. Most outdoor sports such as cycling, running and sailing to name but a few can expose us to harmful UV rays. Just as our skin requires UV protection, so too do our eyes.

Sunglasses should be a minimal of UVA/UVB 400 protected. This means the lens blocks out the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays that can cause cataracts, macular degeneration, pterygium and other eye conditions. Sunglasses that do not have this UVA/UVB 400 protection can make your pupils bigger allowing even more exposure to harmful rays of light thus causing an increased risk of damage. ?_The most important item you can invest in to greatly reduce these risks associated with UV exposure is a good quality pair of sunglasses


A further improvement of sunglasses is polarized sun lenses. Glare from the road, the water or any reflective surface can be very disorientating and uncomfortable. A polarized lens puts a stop to this irritation. They are beneficial on both dry and wet days where after the rain, surfaces can have an additional glare.

Polycarbonate lenses

Next to protect is the face and the area surrounding the eyes from injurious particles. Polycarbonate lenses are a tougher material that is more flexible and can absorb the impact of flying objects better than glass and standard lenses. It is also a lighter material added to the comfort.

Frames selection

A wrap-around frame that curves around the side of your face towards your ears can block even more UV rays, dust and dirt. These are also an advantage for contact lens wearers as this type of frame provides a better barrier from wind and thus decreasing the possibility of eyes drying.

Comfort is a big part in all activities. Frames should be lightweight and not slip down the face. An elastic strap can further improve the fit, particularly in very active sports. Peripheral vision is also vital and a well-fitted frame allows a clear view of straight ahead as well as to each side. Good ventilation can reduce fogging of lenses and padding can further increase comfort.

At Oranmore Optometrists, we have a wide variety of safety frames and safety sunglasses to suit all your sporting needs, from cycling to mountain climbing to simply walking the promenade. Please call on 091 788 537 to view our wide selection of frames.


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