Choosing the right sports glasses is not an easy task. While quality of protection is the top consideration, you still want sports eyewear that looks good.
However, face shape plays an essential role in determining which type of glasses are suitable for you. How often have glasses looked attractive whilst on display, but as soon as you've put them on, you dislike how they look? Exactly.
Why does this matter in sport?
Ensuring you are wearing sports eyewear that suits your face shape is important for you both physically and psychologically.
Snug-fitting stylish eye frames that aesthetically improve your appearance will make you feel more comfortable and confident. Wearing cool eyewear gives many sports people the extra jolt to push harder at their favorite pursuit.
Always keep in mind that safety comes first, so after comparing glasses to your face shape or size, you must ensure that glasses are safe and provide protection from UV, debris or sunlight.
A Sight for Sport Eyes offers the latest range of sports eyewear to hit the market, no matter the sport, and is passionate about providing glasses and goggles that you feel proud wearing. Also, you can try out our eyewear to ensure they have the right look, feel and fit for you.
Determining your face shape
The first step to finding the right glasses for you is to figure out your face shape. To determine which frame suits best, look directly into the mirror with your hair pulled back and/or clear from your face. Look closely at the contours of your head and face, twisting and turning your head if necessary, to get an idea of your shape.
Oval face shape
Notable for having higher and slightly wider cheekbones, the oval face shape provides the most accurate and balanced proportions. Hence, it is considered ideal for choosing a wide variety of sports glasses. To keep the natural balance of the oval face shape, select sports frames that are wider than the broadest part of the face. The excellent choice for the oval shape face is walnut-shaped frames that are not too deep or narrow.
A heart-shaped face has a narrow bottom and wide top. For a heart-shaped face, select frames that are wider at the bottom, which minimize the apparent width of the top of the face. Light-colored and thin frames are an excellent choice for a heart-shaped face.
Square face shape
Square face shape has almost the same proportions; broad forehead, strong jaw, and the length and width of the face are almost the same. The most suitable frames are narrow. These are frames with more width than depth, and narrow ovals.
Round face shape
The round face has a short and wider forehead, curved lines, rounded chin, and full cheeks and softer jawline. Angular narrow and round frames would be the best for round face shape. However, choose frames that complement your soft features.
Rectangular faces generally have a longer nose, stronger jaw, and deeper forehead and a stronger jawline. Square-shaped glasses with a strong brow line are most suitable for this face.
A base-down triangle face shape has a wide chin and cheek area with a narrow forehead. The need is to emphasize on the narrow upper part of the face. Hence, you should choose frames that are heavily accented with color to increase the width of the face.
Features to Look for in Protective Sports Eyewear
For sports use, sunglasses, prescription eyeglasses, and industrial safety glasses do not provide adequate protection.
Thus, it is important to use sports eyewear, which is made for a defined purpose. They have a variety of sizes and shapes. They are designed for racket sports and available for soccer and basketball. Some of them are designed in such a way to fit in helmets and can be used for baseball, hockey, and football. They must be designed in such a way that allows the use of a helmet whenever required in sport.
Polycarbonate is an impact-resistant material that protect eyes from fast-moving objects. Polycarbonate also provides protection from ultraviolet rays, thus suitable for outdoor sports. The chances of scratching are high in untreated polycarbonate lenses. The ideal material for sports glasses and lenses is polycarbonate.
The top sports glasses frames are made up of polycarbonate or highly impact-resistant plastics. They also contain rubber padding to cushion the frame where it comes in contact with the nose area and the head. Look for adjustable nose pieces made from non-slip material, as it allows you to pull the frames off your cheeks for airflow and helps to reduce fogging.
Sports glasses that are wrapping slightly around the face and contoured are best suitable for hang-gliding, sailing, and biking.
Requirements for ideal sports glasses
- Secure, pleasant, and comfortable wearing.
- The soft nose bridge is essential.
- Earpieces should match the sport and be adjustable. This enables you to get the best fit and grip for your face. Therefore, when your earpieces fall out of alignment, you don’t have to take them to an optical shop. These are best for most ball sports and jogging. For cycling and skating straight earpieces are the best option as they easily fit under a helmet.
- Temples should also have non-slip rubber that grips to the head when you perspire.
- Presence of an elastic sports band at the back of the head for maximum protection for better handling.
- Always choose polycarbonate lenses that are impact-resistant.
- Select anti-fog and anti-glare lenses, which provide protection during outdoor sports and UV blocking.
For sports, motion, and athletic activity, regular glasses do not provide effective results. Everyday or regular glasses are not meant for these purposes. Special sports glasses are necessary for such purposes that offer protection and ease of wearing with a better focus on the activity. Moreover, they increase your performance and comfort level.
The advantages of Sports glasses
- Resistance to breakage
- Lightweight frame materials
- Wide variety of coatings and colors
- Lenses that change color for different lighting conditions are available
Different kinds of sports glasses
- Curved sunglasses
- Sports glasses with wrap around straps
- Sports glasses with inner clips
- Prescription spectacles with deep wrap
Equipped with the knowledge on how to pick the right sports glasses for your face, buy the best prescription and non-prescription eyewear at A Sight for Sport Eyes.