Completing a 5k, exploring a new trail, jogging before work in the morning. You take your running workouts seriously, right? So you should take your eye health seriously, too.
The right pair of sports-style running sunglasses will protect your eyes against UV rays, debris, and worst of all, sweaty foreheads. That way, you can keep your eyes on the finish line and run strong, no matter what.
Key Components of Running Sunglasses:
- Lightweight sunglasses will give you a barely-there feeling, so you can focus on the scenery — not your shades.
- Sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection will allow you to go further by protecting your eyes from harmful rays, every step of the way.
- Prevent your sunglasses from slipping and bouncing by picking a pair that fits snugly on your face — look for rubber ear pieces and wraparound styles.
- Some running sunglasses have polarized lenses, which helps reduce glare from reflected surfaces and clarify your vision. Learn more about polarization here.
Lenses to Look For:
Before we dive into lens tints, it’s important to note that the lenses themselves provide benefit to all runners by blocking irritating gusts of wind and debris, and the perks of tinted lenses are an added benefit!
- Increase contrast
- Improve clarity on overcast days
- Improve performance in nearly all environments
- Reduce overall brightness on clear days
- Maintain color clarity
- Decrease glare
- Improve focus by filtering out blue light
- Increase contrast on cloudy days
- Improve depth perception in conditions with dull lighting (like snowy days)
- Reduce glare from all reflective surfaces
- Sharpen clarity of vision
For more on the benefits of different lenses, visit our Guide to Sunglass Tints.