Buying Bike Eye Wear
When it comes to eye protection in cycling, sunglasses aren’t there just for the glare. Eye coverage is advised at all times while cycling and the lenses need to suit the right light conditions.
Cycling Eye Wear - Lenses
Sunglasses have a UV protection and glare category 1, 2, 3 or 4. The higher the rating the better quality and more UV glare protection the lens offers.
|Lens material needs to be impact resistance to debris (e.g. insects/stones). Most lenses are of a polycarbonate material which is a soft resin that can absorb high impacts. The down side to the lens being softer is that it can scratch more easily. However, a scratched lens is better than having a piece of shattered glass damage your eye.|
There are various types of lenses that offer various advantages in differing conditions. Some examples are listed below: So for your next purchase think of styles that can swap lenses while still considering the strength of uv and glare.
|Polarised||Reduces glare||Sunny days|
|Photochromatic||Changes with all conditions||All|
|Brown Red||Adds definition and relaxes eye||All day light|
|Orange||Adds definition and relaxes eye||All day light|
|Yellow||Adds definition||Cloudy / Dark|
|Brown||Reduces glare||Sunny / High altitude|
|Some frames have full or half rims. Both have advantages and disadvantages. The key is to find a pair that is comfortable, well ventilated and safe. Full frames offer more safety protection to the face. However, some people find the full rim to be irritating and the lens is more likely to fog up when you are stationary. Half frames typically allow for more vision given there is less hindrances of the rim. However, in an accident there is an increase risk of cutting your face. These styles tend not to fog as much and the air dissipates more quickly when on the move. There are a lot of styles of sunglasses that are sport orientated, ventilated, non slip, interchangeable and prescription. The choices are vast. Just remember it’s very hard to ride without sight, so protect your eyes.||
Advice supplied by Mark Holloway from ‘Eye Can C’
Eye Can C is an independently owned optical outlet based in the heart of the Williamstown shopping precinct, around 15 minutes from Melbourne city. Mark Holloway, the owner operator of Eye Can C, and optical dispenser, can help you with any of your optical requirements, from testing to providing you with the latest in fashion frames or sunglasses to contact lenses. Francesca Falleti is Mark’s optometrist and can test your eyes by appointment. Call Mark today on 9397 4232 to arrange an eye test or just drop in and view the latest fashion frames and sunglasses at:
18 Douglas Parade, Williamstown
Telephone: 03 9397 4232 fax: 03 9397 4230
If you have any specific questions about bike eye wear, or would simply like to hear more about what makes bike eye wear so important, please feel free to contact us.