Runners Should Wear Sunglasses

Clothes, shoes, water bottle, headphones – these are all important things runners have when preparing to go out for a run. However, sunglasses are an important piece of protective wear that runners often forget about or don’t even think of purchasing. According to The Vision Council, only 31% of adults protect their eyes with sunglasses when they’re outside. When runners are faced with UV they instantly think of their skin and covering themselves with sport and sweat proof sunscreen, but most don’t realize your eyes need just as much protection.

The Vision Council’s 2016 UV report states that our eyes are in the most danger of UV ray exposure during the peak running times of 8 AM to 10 AM and 2 PM to 4 PM. They also report that UV rays can be reflected off concrete and dry sand by 25%. Meaning runners should think twice when running outdoors without anything protecting their eyes.

The most important things runners should look for in a pair of running sunglasses are:

  • UVA and UVB sticker for complete protection from radiation
  • Glare reduction or lens tint
  • Polarization
  • Lightweight frames
  • Fit snugly so the glasses won’t move around
  • Non-slip nose piece/pads
  • Interchangeable lenses for proper ventilation to prevent fogging

Contact us to learn more about sunglasses for runners! We can help you find the perfect pair!