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Top 5 Olympic Sports Where Eye Protection is Required

  1. Cycling
    Timothy O'Donnell wearing Smith sunglasses Timothy O'Donnell wearing Smith sunglasses

Olympians competing in the triathlon, and other events that require cycling, understand the importance of having good eye protection. Sunglasses, especially polarized ones, have a tremendous impact when athletes are trying to prevent glare from the sun. Riding at high speeds downhill, riders need to have 100% visual clarity so they don’t make any mistakes

  1. Swimming
    Swimming is usually the first Olympic sport people think of when they think of eye protection. Swimming is usually the first Olympic sport people think of when they think of eye protection.
    Michael Phelps kicks off season at Encore Beach Club at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. Michael Phelps kicks off season at Encore Beach Club at Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Everyone can understand the importance of wearing good goggles while swimming professionally. It is important to have goggles that do not fog up, and ones that remain securely on the face while swimming at high speeds. Out of the pool, athletes like Michael Phelps also enjoy wearing sunglasses as a means to protect their eyes

 

 

 

  1. Beach Volleyball
    Sand in the eye can be painful, especially during the middle of a game Sand in the eye can be painful, especially during the middle of a game

During a game of beach volleyball, participants are constantly being blinded by both the sun and sand getting sprayed in their face. They need a good pair of glasses that are resistant to shock and scratches. They also need to be able to remain on the face when players need to quickly dive for the ball.

  1. Running/Track and Field
    Not all runners wear sunglasses, but the ones who do couldn't imagine running without them Not all runners wear sunglasses, but the ones who do couldn't imagine running without them

Having a good pair of glare reducing sunglasses can sometimes make a break a race for a distance runner or sprinter. Running at high speeds for an extended period of time, all while exposed to the bright rays of the sun, can make it difficult to see for a lot of runners. Note, while not all runners wear sunglasses, the ones that do swear by them.

 

  1. Canoeing
    This team understands the importance of having good eye protection while canoeing This team understands the importance of having good eye protection while canoeing

Polarized sunglasses are a must have for athletes participating in any of the canoe or rowing sports. Sun glare from the water during the heat of midday completion can be almost blinding for many participants. Polarized lenses do the absolute best job of preventing glare and protecting eyes from UV rays.

By Peter Cusumano

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