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How To Enhance Vision When Playing Tennis

The sun is a powerful star in our solar system. It provides us with light, vitamin D, gorgeous sunny days, and of course, warmth. But its power can also be very damaging, especially for people who spend lots of time outdoors, like athletes.

Tennis players in particular, because of the long hours they spend in competitions, should be very aware of the effects of long term sun exposure. 

Man playing tennis under the sun - Solar bat

Does long term sun exposure cause harm?

The sun’s ultraviolet rays (UV rays) can lead to several negative effects on the body. Some of these include: 

  • Sun spots
  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Skin sagging
  • Sunburn 
  • Skin discoloration 
  • Increased risk of skin cancer

Additionally, the sun can also cause damage to the eyes.Most people wear sunscreen when they know they will be spending hours in the sun, but many are unaware of the need for protecting the eyes from UV as well. 

Long-term sun exposure can increase your risk of developing several eye conditions, including cataracts, macular degeneration, pinguecula (growth on the conjunctiva of the eye), and pterygium (wedged-shaped bump on the eyeball). These conditions may lead to a degeneration of sight and even blindness. 

This is why many athletes wear sunglasses while playing. However, as a tennis player, when it comes to protecting your eyes from damage, just any sunglasses just won’t do. 

As a tennis player, there are a few things you need to consider when searching for sunglasses. This includes the color of the lenses, the comfort and sturdiness of the frames, and the technology of the lenses. 

  1. Color of the lenses - Imagine wearing a pair of sunglasses that have lenses that are incompatible with the court, your racket, or the ball. This could greatly affect your ability to play effectively and could even increase your risk of injury from being hit by the ball. The solution is a performance enhancing tennis tint.

  2. Comfort and sturdiness - Remember, these sunglasses aren’t a fashion statement. They should fit comfortably on your face without causing a distraction for you. Glasses that will slip and slide on the bridge of your nose are a no-no. They also need to be of excellent quality to withstand all the possible wear and tear. 

  3. Technology of the lenses - Best lenses for  tennis are polycarbonate to block all UV, afford maximum impact resistance, reduce lens fogging, and keep your sunglasses very light in weight. The lenses wrap around the wearer’s face to give protection from all angles. 
Man playing tennis under the sun - Solar bat

Best sunglasses for tennis players

If you are a tennis player and you are seeking a pair of sunglasses that tick all the boxes above, then a Solar Bat pair is what you need. We have developed a tint that will make yellow tennis balls more visible while still offering ample protection from the sun while you play. 

We are aware of the challenges of having to look into the sky while you serve on a sunny day, and hence we developed our performance tennis gradient for our tennis sunglasses. The upper 30% of the lens is a 12% light transmission gray tint, while the lower 70% has a performance-enhancing aqua tint. 

This allows you to look up into the sky and enjoy the protection of the gray tint, but still benefit from the performance-enhancing aqua tint when your gaze returns to the court. In addition, lenses feature Solar Bat’s proprietary PNVX optics designed by owner/optometrist, Dr. Gary Nesty, for simply the best optics in the market. Check out our variety of styles here!

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