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Considerations when looking for sunglasses for tennis


Tennis is a very popular sport here in the Inland Empire and can be pretty demanding on the eyes. Played mostly outdoors and during the day, there are several things to consider when choosing a pair of sunglasses for tennis both from a style and protection standpoint.

Frames: Your frames should be lightweight and comfortable. A reasonably wrapped pair of sunglasses will give you a good fit along the temples, behind your ears and on the bridge of your nose as well as full range of peripheral vision. Some designs made by Nike or Adidas offer adjustable nose-pads that give you more flexibility for a better fit. You want a snug fit so the sunglasses do not bounce around while you are playing.

Lenses: For safety concerns, polycarbonate or trivex are the best material to use due to their impact resistance. A specific dark amber / rose / orange tints work well for enhancing contrast of the yellow ball against the background.  Lenses that have full UV coverage are a must to protect the eyes from the sun. Polarized lenses are also an option to further reduce glare off reflective surfaces while on the court.

If you need a prescription in your sunglasses for maximum vision and performance, you should consult your eye care professional for prescription sunglasses options.

Check out our full lineup of prescription and non-prescription tennis sunglasses options at Sport & Sun!

Written by Dr. Cheryl Everitt

Cheryl M. Everitt, OD, received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California in 1994. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Everitt takes a special interest in treating patients with a variety of difficult eye conditions, such as chronic headaches and migraines. Dr. Everitt has been a conference speaker on topics ranging from contact lenses to practice management to trigeminal dysphoria. She has also participated in a mobile eye clinic in Riverside, and medical missions to Mexico. Dr. Everitt is one of the original founders of 20/20 Vision Associates Optometry and has practiced for 25 years. She was an associate research scientist for 4 years prior to becoming an optometrist. She is also an active member of her church.
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