Surf sunglasses: protect your eyes from UV rays

Surf sunglasses are specially designed goggles that protect your eyes in and around water, sometimes with polarized lenses that reduce glare caused by water and wet surfaces.

Surfers are often exposed to prolonged sunlight. Sun rays are magnified by the reflective ocean surface causing pterygiums and cataracts in many ocean sports enthusiasts.

Protecting your eyes with effective surf sunglasses is compulsory. Did you know that reflection and scattering of UV rays off water can increase UV exposure by 25 percent?

So, what makes a safe pair of sunglasses for surfing? The quality of the lenses, the ventilation system, the quality of the rubber ear stems, the weight and the floatability of the spectacles. Cheap shades may cause irreversible damage to your eyes, for example, starting with headaches.

The perfect surf sunglasses will not distort vision and will always ensure a perfect fit. The best way to prevent fogging from your surfing specs is by choosing a model with proper ventilation. Don't buy surf sunglasses that look good but close all the angles around vision with plastic.

Secure leashes, removable straps and good floatation are interesting add-ons but are not critical. Eyewear for surfers and water sports enthusiasts focus on impact-resistant, light, polycarbonate lenses.

 

Dragon Alliance H2O The Jam

Dragon Alliance H2O The Jam

The "Dragon Alliance H2O The Jam" will stay afloat in the ocean, pool and lake. The floatable collection is made with a specially formulated injected frame designed to never losing your shades in the water again.

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Quiksilver The Ferris

Quiksilver The Ferris

The "Ferris" by Quiksilver are retro shades practically plucked off Ferris Bueller' head. If style is everything for you, they're yours for only $120.

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Quiksilver Bruiser

Quiksilver Bruiser

The "Bruiser" specs will never go out of style, and the polarized model is definitely worth $110.

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Smith Optics Lowdown Slim 2

Smith Optics Lowdown Slim 2

The "Lowdown Slim 2" is the ultimate surfer's specs in a scaled-down size. Its lightweight frame, anti-reflective lens coating and color-enhancing ChromaPop lenses make it a no-brainer.

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Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer

Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer

The "Original Wayfarer" by Ray-Ban is one of the most copied sunglass designs of all time. It's a surfer's spec for only $153.

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Ray-Ban Aviator

Ray-Ban Aviator

The "Aviator" is one of the most popular models of all time. They're a great pick for only $168.

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Oakley Frogskins

Oakley Frogskins

The "Frogskins" by Oakley will block those harmful UV rays as you stroll down the beach with your surf gear, for only $123.

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Oakley Holbrook

Oakley Holbrook

The "Holbrook" surf sunglasses are a true, instant classic, and they're a great pick for just $153.

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Flying Fisherman Master Angler Nassau

Flying Fisherman Master Angler Nassau

The "Master Angler Nassau" by Flying Fisherman offers maximum peripheral viewing while blocking outside glare for $68.

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Von Zipper Elmore

Von Zipper Elmore

The "Elmore" by Von Zipper features a slightly oversized cool and classic frame shape with UV-blocking lenses that will look good in any face. Only $75.

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The surf sunglasses review has been updated on April 30, 2018.

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