The tan lines might just be worth it. As more professionals start wearing tennis sunglasses at the game’s top tournaments, club level players worldwide are wondering about the benefits and risks of sports glasses designed for the tennis court.
By selecting the best tennis sunglasses, you can minimize the cons and maximize the pros of sporting tennis goggles. In this article, Tennis Club Supplies walks you through tennis sunglasses and the potential dangers that arise by not wearing them. We’ll also recommend the best sunglasses for tennis.
Playing outdoor tennis consistently, even just once a week, is a lot of time in the sun. Just as it’s important to protect your skin by applying sunscreen, so too is it important to protect your eyes. Polarized tennis sunglasses are the best way to protect your eyes.
Note: Tennis Club Supplies writers are not medical professionals and recommend you contact a physician regarding any eye-related concerns.
More tennis professionals now suffer from pterygium. This condition is caused by overexposure to UV light and leads to increasing vision problems with age. These conditions can even lead to a need for surgery. To avoid these negative effects, players from sunny regions (such as Sam Stosur from Australia) are using tennis sunglasses.
Further dangers sunlight exposures dangers are explored in a nice infographic here.
Look for sports glasses that protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
It’s important not to skimp on a cheap pair of tennis sunglasses. If you choose a pair with minimal protection, you can actually cause more damage to your eyes. The glasses trick your brain into thinking it’s OK to look at the sun, when in reality your eyes remain unprotected.
We’ve all been there: your serve from the sun side lands in the box. You look up for your opponents return and frantically realize you’re temporarily blinded. Eye contact with the sun on a serve is not only dangerous, it affects your game.
Our preferred method of compensation is a pair of tennis sunglasses.
But make sure you get a sturdy pair that will not fall off. Adding additional equipment can be dangerous; just more things to go wrong. You’ll want a pair with rubber nose guards and a wrap around design.
If possible, start using sunglasses for tennis at a young age. That way, you’ll get used to them. Tour players who wear them always wear them.
Two common complaints of even the best tennis sunglasses are depth perception complications and fogging issues. Here, we examine the fixes.
A common complaint, and one that holds validity, is that sports sunglasses affect depth perception making it difficult to calibrate hand eye coordination. Luckily, technology has come a long way. The pair featured above includes technology designed to minimize vision field changes while maximizes UV protection.
This problem is best avoided by following the mantra, “get used to it.” I found that my hand eye coordination adjusted to sunglasses within just 2 hitting sessions.
I actually saw a player get a time delay once because he spent so much time wiping his glasses. Not somewhere you want to be.
Anti-fogging technology is a must for any pair of tennis goggles. While you’ll still need to give them a wipe in between games, you’ll be fine while you’re on the court.