Athletes wear sunglasses for eye protection from impact and other physical hazards as well as harmful optical radiation. If you frequently train or play sports outside, you may want to get in the habit of wearing comfortable frames with lenses that shield your eyes from common causes of injuries, including ultraviolet rays. Find out more about five of the best styles of sunglasses for sports and get tips for picking the right prescription sports sunglasses for the way you play.

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Nike Essential Chaser P

Nike Essential Chaser P

 

The square lenses of the Nike Essential Chaser P offer wide coverage without a wraparound profile. This style is ideal for wearers who have powerful prescriptions. Essential Chaser P sunglasses are 6-base and have high-tension hinges. These lightweight frames are suitable for most activities and lifestyle wear. Choose standard or mirror-tinted plano lenses or your choice of prescription lens tint colors and finishes.

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL

The Flak 2.0 XL by Oakley is set apart by its unique styling. These durable and lightweight half-rim O Matter frames have an 8.75 base and extended lenses for more complete eye protection. Choose from proprietary plano lens tints and finishes or customize a pair of prescription Oakley sunglasses.

Nike Dash

Nike Dash

 

Nike Dash sports sunglasses have wide rectangular lenses with sporty styling. These nylon frames are available in several color schemes, including versions with bold contrasting shades on inner and outer temples or a color fade effect. Non-prescription Nike Dash sunglasses come with a choice of the brand’s standard or mirror tints. These frames can accommodate many prescription lens strengths in a choice of standard color tints with options for mirrored or polarized lenses.

 

Costa Rincon

Costa Rincon

Costa is a popular brand among water enthusiasts. The shape of the lenses in Rincon frames combines the shape of large square lenses with the coverage of rectangular lenses. The straight bridge of this style and cut-away curved temple distinguish this particular style. Spring hinges provide a comfortable fit in the right frame size. These wide frames come with polarized plano plastic lenses and can accommodate custom prescription lenses.

Oakley Radar EV Pat

Oakley Radar EV Pat

Radar EV Path sunglasses stand out from other performance styles such as the Flak 2.0 featured above on account of the tall lenses on this half-rim style. A contoured top bridge connects to aerodynamic lenses. EV Path lenses can keep lenses from making contact with a wearer’s cheeks. The EV Pitch lenses that are also compatible with Radar frames have curved bottom edges to maximize a wearer’s vertical field of vision.

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FAQs

How do I customize prescription sports sunglasses?

Browse a full selection of sunglasses or styles made by your favorite brand. Once you confirm that frames are compatible with the strength of the lenses you need, select single vision or multifocal lenses in your choice of tints, light-adjusting lenses or lenses that have a polarized or mirrored finish.

What are the most popular active sunglasses brands?

Two of the bestselling sports eyewear brands are Nike and Oakley. These eyewear brands specialize in lightweight frames made of innovative materials. If you spend a lot of time near open water, consider putting polarized lenses in frames by these brands or sailing and surfing sunglasses by Costa or Spy.

How do I order sunglasses that fit well online?

Check the frame base curve, size and measurements. The most important dimensions for a secure fit during physical activity include the width of frames and measurements of specific segments such as the bridge and lenses. If you need high-power prescription lenses, you should check your pupillary distance to reduce distortion.

Which safety standards apply to sports eyewear?

ASTM International publishes eye safety standards for various sports. High-impact activities may call for sports goggles that are secured by a head strap and cushioned for comfortable wear. The ASTM F803 standard applies to baseball, basketball, racket sports, soccer and other activities that may pose elevated risks of impact injuries.

How can sunglasses protect athletes’ eyes?

Sunglasses can provide wearers with physical protection from impact in addition to filtering out harmful ultraviolet light. The ability to see clearly outdoors is also essential for training and competing in many sports, which can make prescription sports sunglasses or eyewear with polarized lenses for reducing glare essential safety gear.

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