Why Is Watersports Eyewear So Important?
Eyes are the second most complex organ after the brain and are responsible for 80% of all learning. Unlike most organs of the body, there is currently no procedure for eye transplants, so looking after our eyes really is an absolute necessity.
The risk of UV radiation damage to your eyes is especially high on the water as UV light is scattered and reflected from surfaces. Snow, white water, boat surfaces and sand are all highly reflective.
If you are not using eyewear when you are out on the water (or you are using the wrong type of eyewear) the long term health of your eyes is at serious risk of harm. UV-A radiation can damage the macula, a part of the retina at the back of your eye, whereas UV-B radiation can damage the front of your eyes – like the cornea and lens. Macular degeneration, cataracts, pterygium, skin cancer and corneal sunburn all result from UV exposure and can lead to temporary or even permanent blindness.
In addition to UV radiation, physical eye injury is a risk if your existing sunglasses are constructed of unsuitable materials.
In addition to protecting the long term health of your eyes, quality watersports eyewear will add to your enjoyment and enhance your performance on the water. By seeing more clearly with crisp and undistorted vision, you will also stay one step ahead of hazards and have greater awareness of your surroundings.
Our Watersports Eyewear Guide digs deep into the world of eyewear, and provides an overview of all the key considerations that should be taken into account before you choose what to wear on the water.
You may have perfect 20/20 vision on dry land. If you are 20/20, you could be forgiven for thinking that you have perfect vision, right? Well, not necessarily so. There are a number of additional physical and environmental factors which have a significant impact on the quality of your vision:
PHYSICAL CONDITIONS: Focusing ability, eye coordination, depth and colour perception, peripheral vision
ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS: wind, spray, reflected glare, humidity and moisture
The physical and environmental factors noted above can significantly influence the quality of your vision. So even if you have 20/20 vision, this is not the whole story and there is no guarantee that you are seeing everything that you should be seeing.
You might even be making things considerably worse if you are using eyewear that is unsuitable for the activity you are doing. This is why it is so important to make informed choices about watersports eyewear, and why we have written our comprehensive guide.
We want you to make an informed decision so that you can rest assured that your eyes are well protected, while you get on with the business of having fun out on the water.
Download our watersports eyewear guide below.
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