How To Select Sunglasses For Surfers

by Glenna Garcia on May 19, 2012


If you happen to be an avid surfer (or a wanna-be surfer…no judgements made here!) then you know that the combined toll of the sun from above and the the sun reflecting off the water can really do some damage.  You need to know how to select sunglasses for surfers so that you can properly protect your eyes.  This is a very serious matter and really needs to be addressed -any kind of water sport that you participate in regularly can be extremely harmful to your eyes.  Have fun, look cool, but always, always, be safe and cover your eyes with quality sunglasses.  We’ll show some examples and then give you some tips about selecting the right sunglasses.

How to Select Sunglasses for Surfers

1. Always look for the OSHA label with 99 or 100 percent UV protection.

2. Look for sunglasses that are close-fitting and wrap-around to help prevent UV rays from getting in the sides and top of the frames.

3. Price is not important! The bottom line: look at UV protection. The higher price just means you are getting a hipper style or more expensive metal frames. Cheaper plastic frames actually last longer.

4. Don’t go by color or darkness of the lens. The outer coating (which is clear) filters out the UV rays, not the color. The color does provide some comfort, but without a UV coating, the darker colors actually fool your eye into opening up more and let in more harmful rays.

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As with anything, habit is the key. When you know how to select sunglasses for surfers or for any kind of water sport that you and your family are involved in, the next step is be sure you always have your sunglasses on to protect your eyes.  It’s even a good idea to get your children in the habit by getting them sunglasses and encouraging them to wear them every time they are outside with you.  Be active, be bold and be smart! Take care of your eyes!

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