Most golfers will understand that the long-term exposure to the elements involved in the average 18-hole round of golf can lead to accumulated damage to the skin and eyes. You need eye protection from damaging ultra-violet rays when playing golf.
Traditional sunglasses are simply not enough: Golfing sunglasses should ideally feature large, wrap lenses, the right tint and an appropriately adjusted frame. Light to dark purple or yellow-orange tints have proven to be the best solution for enhancing contrast on green surfaces. These not only improve visual comfort, but also have a practical effect: depth perception is optimised, and the contours of the green are clearer. You can better identify breaks on the green, improving your putting.
Ultra-lightweight sunglasses and sunglass shields especially for the golfer with brown tinted lenses enhance the contrast of the white golf ball against the blue sky and green fairway. This allows for more precise distance estimation and better tracking of the golf ball trajectory. Wrap style sunglasses give full side protection and lightweight frames with slip resistant nose pads provide maximum comfort. If you are having problems with your glasses slipping a sports strap may be the answer, or a removable silicone curl grips behind the ears.
Standard progressive lenses are designed for everyday use and are not optimized for the golf course. As a golfer, you actually have four important vision zones, near, mid-range and far, but your Peripheral Vision is also crucial. You need to see out of the side of your lenses to where you want the ball to go while at the same time looking at the ball on the ground to line up your shot.
There are a lot of spectacles on the market that have allegedly been specially designed for golfers. However, they have not been adapted to the needs of every individual wearer. If you cannot benefit from your full visual potential on the golf course your handicap suffers. Perfect vision can only be achieved if the lenses have been tailored to the personal vision needs of each and every golfer. Even if you need high prescription lenses, the appropriate lens designs from ZEISS eliminate blurring in the periphery of your lenses, and you enjoy outstanding, distortion-free vision.
The lighter the frame, the better. Modern materials for spectacle frames – titanium is a prime example – allow the production of extremely light spectacles. They are not only comfortable to wear, but also ensure a better all-round fit as lighter frames tend to slip less down your nose than heavier frames. Semi-rimless frames with large lenses are ideal as they maximise your field of view. Small lenses are not suitable as they allow you to look over the top of your lenses. Golfers have to move their eyes constantly and rapidly from the sky to the green. This also means constant head movements, leading to fatigue – and to the consequences this has on your performance.
P.S. All sunglass sales receive a lifetime of free servicing and adjustments. Our professional advice is complementary.
Dr Ieuan H. Rees. (Optometrist)
Buck & Todd Optometrist
Located in City Plaza, 45 Wood St. Mackay.