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Sports Sunglasses: How to Choose the Right Pair for Your Sport

When it comes to sports sunglasses, there is a wide variety of women’s and men’s glasses styles to help protect your eyes. That said, choosing the right sunglasses for playing sport requires much more thought than just the style of frames. Depending on the type of sport you’re participating in, you need to consider the materials used in the lenses, as well as the tint. There are also other factors such as weight and design that you should look at when making a purchase. Here is a straightforward guide to choosing the right sports sunglasses for your sport.

Sports Sunglasses

Key Features of Sports Sunglasses

When considering sunglasses for sports, there are certain criteria you should look for:

  • A wrap around style of sunglasses will not only help protect your eyes but will also give clear vision and remain secure while you are active. In addition to sunlight these glasses can also keep out wind and rain as well as harmful UV radiation.
  • Choose sunglasses that are lightweight for comfort, yet stable enough to remain in place despite shaky head movements or sweat.
  • Choose lenses made from polycarbonate materials or Trivex. These materials are 20 times more impact resistant than regular glass and completely shatter proof, which is crucial to avoid any eye injuries.
  • Consider the lens colour. Most sunglasses feature a grey lens that dulls light but does not add contrast.
  • Lens tint categories will indicate how much light the lens lets through. Category 0 lenses such as clear and lighter colours will let in the most light, while Category 4 darker coloured lenses let in very little light. Regular grey lenses are around Category 3.

Lens Colours

  • Grey – This is the most common colour of lens for sports sunglasses. It reduces light but does not alter contrast or the colour of objects. Best used for general sunny day activities.
  • Brown – Increases contrast, making objects appear sharper. Good for sports where you need to judge distance, such as golf.
  • Yellow – Enhances light which is good for low visibility and cloudy conditions. Also adds contrast and depth perception. Not suitable for bright conditions.
  • Clear – Provides no protection from light or visual enhancements but can protect against impacts or dust.
  • Green – Improves the tone of colours and enhances contrast. Can be combined with grey lenses for further contrast and light protection.
  • Red/Orange – Filters out blue light that causes eye strain. Makes objects appear sharper. Great for golfing, cycling, skiing, and shooting.
  • Blue – Emphasises the colour yellow. Useful for tennis and archery which use yellow balls and bulls.
  • Purple – Dulls green colours and emphasises black, white, orange, and pink colours. Popular for clay shooting as well as golf.
  • Mirror – Features a special coating applied to the lens. Helps to limit glare and protect against snow blindness. As such, they are popular for snow sports and mountain climbing.

Focus on Broadway

Here at Focus on Broadway we offer a wide range of designer sports sunglasses brands. We stock women’s and men’s glasses styles from Oakley, Tom Ford, Ray Ban, and many other leading designers. To find the perfect pair of Oakley sunglasses or any other brand, visit us at Focus on Broadway today.

 

One of the most important, but often neglected, health examinations for children is the eye test. Just as adults need ongoing eye tests, children’s eye tests are even more crucial to protect their long term eyesight. It is important to book an appointment with a qualified optometrist or ophthalmologist who can give a full evaluation of your child’s eyes and vision. Here are some questions you should consider when booking a children’s eye test.

 

Children's Eye Test

 

Why Are Children’s Eye Tests Important?

Problems with children’s eyes can easily go undetected and unnoticed by both child and parent for many years. Although severe eye defects are rare, even small problems can impede their development, education, and even personal safety. So, an eye test performed early will be able to detect any issues before they become a risk to your child. Should the specialist find any eye problems, they can then prescribe suitable treatment and support to ensure your child’s ongoing learning.

 

How Often Should Eye Tests Occur?

Normally, your child will have a physical examination within 72 hours of birth that should spot any immediate vision problems. Children should then have their first comprehensive eye test between six to eight weeks old. Between one and three years of age, you should have another eye test performed, particularly if there are any developmental concerns. Between four to six years old, just before they start school, they should receive another eye test, followed by at least one eye test each year after.

 

What Happens During An Eye Test?

Depending on the age of your child the specialist may carry out a number of different tests. However, these are the most common children’s eye tests carried out during an appointment:

• Red Reflex – Uses an ophthalmoscope to shine a reflection on the back of the eyes. A red reflection indicates normal eyes, while a white reflection could indicate an issue.

• Attention to Visual Objects/Range of Movement – Uses an interesting object (such as a toy) to determine if the child’s eyes follow its direction as well as the range of movement.

• Pupil Reflex – Shines a light to test how the pupils respond to light. If the pupils shrink, then this is normal, if not, then there may be a vision problem.

• Snellen and LogMAR charts – Once children can recognise letters they can use these charts to read out rows of letters of decreasing size.

•  Refraction – Your child is given special eye drops to enlarge the pupils. They will then be asked to look at a light or read letters on a chart while different lenses are placed in front of their eyes.

• Colour Vision Deficiency – Uses a number of tests to determine if the child can recognise different colours, such as identifying images made up of dots using two different colours.

 

What Are the Common Eye Conditions In Children?

These are some of the problems that can be detected during eye tests:

• Cataracts – Cloudy patches in the lens of the eye.

• Amblyopia – Known as lazy eye, where the vision in one eye is underdeveloped.

• Strabismus – Also known as a squint, where the eyes look in different directions.

• Myopia – Distant objects appear blurry, but close objects can be seen clearly. Also known as short-sightedness.

• Hyperopia – The opposite of myopia: distant items appear clear, but close objects appear blurry.

• Astigmatism – Where the transparent layer at the front of the eye is not perfectly curved.

• Colour Vision Deficiency – Difficulty distinguishing one colour from another.

 

How Can I Spot Eye Problems in My Child?

Any of the following can indicate the need for a children’s eye test:

• Eyes pointing in different directions (strabismus).

• Regular complaints of headaches or eyestrain.

• Problems with reading, such as holding the book too close.

• Problems with hand-eye coordination, such as when playing sports.

• An unusual degree of clumsiness.

• Regularly rubbing their eyes.

• Sitting too close to the TV.

• Unable to read notes on the board during class.

If any of these issues occur, you should book an appointment as soon as possible.

 

Focus on Broadway

Here at Focus on Broadway, we offer comprehensive eye tests for children of all ages that can help detect areas of concern early on. If your child needs corrective lenses then we have a wide range of frames available to suit any budget. For more information on children’s eye tests and kids glasses available, we invite you to get in touch with us today.

 

 

 

It’s common for people to pick a lens colour for their sunglasses purely for the look. But did you know that there is a purpose to each different lens colour? Different sunglasses lens tints will perform at their best during different activities and in different environments. In fact, lens tint can boost depth perception, reduce eye fatigue, and improve vision in a wide range of weather conditions.

So, before you pick your next pair of sunglasses, it’s worth knowing a thing or two about sunglasses lens tints. Matching a tint to your lifestyle will lead to better performance from your sunglasses.

 

Sunglasses Lens Tint

A Colour Guide to Sunglasses Lens Tints

 

Grey Lenses

Grey lenses are one of the most popular tints. They provide good protection from glare, whether shining from above or from wet roads. Grey tints will provide plenty of protection, whilst offering the purest colour perception of all the lenses. With good performance on sunny and cloudy days, grey is a great all-purpose tint.

 

Brown Lenses

Brown tints perform most strongly in the sunniest weather. A brown tint will heighten contrast in sunny conditions, allowing you to clearly pick things out from the landscape. This goes hand in hand with improved depth perception over other tints, making them great for any job involving judging distance. However, this tint isn’t recommended for a cloudy, dull day.

 

Yellow Lenses

Yellow lenses are popular with all kinds of sports people. In foggy, hazy, or low-light conditions yellow tints can provide a strong boost to clarity. This is perfect for sportsmen who need to track moving objects in this kind of weather. But that’s not all, yellow tints can also reduce eye strain from screens. So whether you’re playing cricket or playing a flight simulator, you might want to consider yellow.

 

Blue Lenses

Blue lenses offer practical protection from UV rays. At the same time, they’re a fashionable colour which is popular at pool-sides everywhere. A blue tint keeps colour perception strong, whilst also helping you pick out outlines. This makes them good for foggy or snowy conditions. Whether you’re hitting ski slopes or sand dunes, blue lenses will look the part.

 

Pink & Red Lenses

Pink or red tints bring a bold splash of colour to your look, whilst also boosting your vision. An increased depth of field makes these tints popular with both drivers and winter sports fans. By blocking blue light, this rosy tint also reduces eye strain from computers and helps the eyes grapple with changing contrast.

 

Green Lenses

Green lenses are something of an underdog, offering all-purpose performance in sunny and low light environments. A green tint will greatly reduce glare, whilst keeping colour accuracy. For outdoor use in all kinds of weathers, you can’t top the adaptability of green lenses.

 

Sunglasses Built to Last from Focus on Broadway

 

Picking the right tint is an important part of putting together the perfect pair of sunglasses. Whether you’re after prescription sunglasses, or looking to treat yourself to some designer frames, Focus on Broadway can help you pick from an amazing range of frames and lenses. To find your next pair of prescription sunglasses, pop in store today.

 

 

 

2021 has brought with it a range of glasses trends, from fresh, experimental statements to timeless classics. We have also seen trends for glasses styles that offer style and sophistication, as well as protection. Here are our top picks for glasses styles in 2021, and tips for choosing the perfect frames to suit your face shape.

 

Large Frames

 

One noticeable factor in this year’s glasses styles is the abundance of large and oversized frames. Not only do these completely shield the eyes, but they have also been said to help protect against viruses such as COVID-19. For decades, large frames have been a symbol of glamour. Large frames complement those with round faces in particular as they contrast well with soft features.

 

Thin Frames

 

Slim and thin frames have been popular for a few years now and it looks like they aren’t going away any time soon. Thin frames offer a chic and elegant look that is favoured by many online personalities and influencers. These types of frames in particular are perfect for those with more triangular or oval faces.

 

Round Frames

 

A classic in terms of glasses styles, round frames have been around for decades and have seen an upsurge in popularity in the last few years. These glasses are always a reliable choice that offer an effortless sense of style. Round frames are most flattering for those with angular features, such as oval or square faces. These glasses work well in softening the overall appearance of angular faces.

 

Aviator Frames

 

They were the essence of cool in the 1970s, and now aviator frames have made a return for that stylish retro look. Aviators work best for those with square faces as the curved angles balance well with defined chins and cheekbones.

 

Cat Eye Glasses

 

Cat eye glasses are another classic style from yesteryear making its return in 2021. These cute frames come with bright colours and exaggerated shapes that look both stylish and fun. Perfect for a night out or lunch with friends.

 

Wooden Frames

 

For those looking for a more natural and environmentally conscious choice, wooden frames are an emerging trend in recent years. Wooden frames work well with any style of glasses and can be modified with a variety of colour finishes.

 

Transparent Frames

 

On the other side of glasses styles for this year are transparent and clear frames. These glasses add a sense of glamour with subtle pastel colourations and a range of unique styles. The perfect choice for those who want something a little different from traditional wire frames.

 

Blue Light Lenses

 

Finally, as many of us are spending more time looking at our screens for work or leisure, the risk of eye strain and long term damage also increases. As such, blue light lenses have recently become hugely popular as they help block the harmful effects of blue light from screens.

 

Focus Opticians

 

At Focus Opticians we supply a wide range of frames and lenses from leading eyewear brands. We offer expert advice to help you choose the glasses that are just right for your style. To find out more about our attractive range of designer frames, including Gucci, Tom Ford and Ray Ban prescription glasses, speak with our friendly team today.

 

 

 

Deciding on the right glasses for your face shape can be a challenge with only a mirror to guide you. If some information on styles that suit a particular face shape would be helpful, read on!

The team at Focus on Broadway in Leigh-on-Sea are experts when it comes to frames for glasses. They can assess the shape of your face and offer helpful advice on a compatible style of frame. No one’s face is completely round or square or heart-shaped, of course. But certain styles suit certain shapes, and here at Focus on Broadway we want you to look and feel your best. So let’s take a look at the basic guidelines.

 

What face shape are you?

 

The first step when choosing frames for prescription glasses is to identify the shape of your face. This is not a precise and accurate science, and largely it’s down to your own judgement.

Use your forehead, cheekbones and jaw line as a basic guide. If these are more angular and equal, you probably have a ‘square’ face. If your face is longer than it is wide, you may have an ‘oval’ face shape. Softer, wider lines could indicate a ’round’ face, and so on.

Another thing to keep in mind is that there are no actual rules about glasses for your face shape. In the end, it’s all about personal preference and individual taste.

 

Glasses for Your Face Shape

 

Frames for round faces

 

If your face is round, it’s a good idea to try and balance that with some bold, angular lines. Glasses with rectangular frames will have the effect of sharpening softer facial features. Clean lines and angles will help to give the appearance of a longer, thinner face. Darker coloured frames will also add to the effect you’re looking for.

 

Frames for square faces

 

A square face shape will already feature some of those bold, angular lines we’ve been talking about. To soften this effect, curved or rounded glasses with thinner frames can work well. Oval or round frames that are wider near the hinges are a good choice. Adding some retro chic to your look, browline glasses are also effective with this face shape.

 

Frames for oval faces

 

An oval face is generally longer than it is wide, with a rounded chin and jaw line. Oval faces are quite versatile, and could give you a wider choice of glasses for your face shape. However, larger and bolder frames are generally a good option, and you can experiment with colour, too. Aviator style and square frames can also be very effective.

 

Frames for heart-shaped faces

 

A wider forehead and a more angled chin means you probably have a heart-shaped face. You can balance this shape by choosing frames that are slightly wider than your forehead. Rounded or oval frames are generally a good idea, as they provide contrast to the angles of your face. They’ll also help to draw attention to your eyes.

To find the perfect glasses for your face shape, why not visit us in-store today? Our friendly team are here to help.

 

 

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