Sport and Recreation Specialty Eyewear
Specialized eyewear is often a requirement for people’s athletic and recreational endeavors. Learn more about varieties of recreational eyewear below.
- Ski and Snowboard Goggles: Ski and snowboarding goggles are commonly used by alpine sport enthusiasts to block bright sun reflecting off the snow, prevent wind from irritating the eyes, and to prevent snow from hitting the face and eyes while outdoors. While winter goggles are used by skiers and snowboarders, they’re practical for many winter sports, including hiking, tubing, cross country skiing, and even snowmobiling.
- Swim Goggles: Swim goggles allow enhanced vision clarity when viewing objects under water. Additional to enhanced clarity, swim goggles prevent eye irritation caused by tap water and chemicals when eyes are opened in the water. Swim goggles are patronized by both competitive swimmers as well as casual swimmers who simply want the added fun to see clearly under water.
- 3D Glasses: Have been around for a while in specific 3D theaters, but have become much more popular recently with advances in 3D film and home theater technology. 3 dimensional glasses give an augmented view of what a screen would normally display, giving the illusion that images are popping out beyond the depths of the actual screen itself. 3D glasses are generally used these days in 3D movies, or while watching 3D movies on a home television system.
- Motorcycle Visors and Helmets: Motorcycle helmets are primarily used to the purpose of protecting the rider’s head in case of accident. Despite this, the visor plays a crucial role of blocking excess wind, and also shielding the eyes from the sun. When a motorcycle rider is traveling at any significant speed, even with a visor on the bike itself, it can be difficult to see clearly with the wind whipping in the rider’s eyes. The visor is critical for safety reasons, and helps prevent accidents from ever occuring in the first place.
- Football Visors: Most football helmets do not include visors, although some players will occasionally purchase a specialty visor that can be inserted into their helmet for eye protection. The visor blocks dirt and debris from accessing the helmet, can assist in preventing face-mask grabbing, and most importantly, shields the eyes from the sun so the player can focus on the game in a more precise fashion. Some football athletes enjoy using the visors so that a defender can’t find where there eyes are looking, and others feel it offers an intimidation factor in addition to added performance factors.
- Paintball Masks: Wearing a mask is critically important to safety when participating in paintball matches. Without a paintball mask, serious eye injury can occur if hit in the eye with a paintball.
- Scuba and Snorkeling Masks: Scuba and snorkeling masks make scuba diving and snorkeling possible. The masks themselves not only provide clear vision under water, but they also serve as the means to provide oxygen to the swimmer. Snorkeling masks provide air via a tube that attaches out, and points upward to access surface air. Scuba masks on the other hand attach in to an oxygen tank, which gives the swimmer a direct supply of oxygen via an on board oxygen tank.
- Shooting Glasses: Shooting glasses are specifically designed to protect the eyes while using firearms, while also assisting in overall marksmanship. More specifically, shooting glasses can help protect from unexpected ricochets, shells, reduce glare, and can even shield the eyes from the sun.