Whether you are looking for your first pair of sunglasses, or are replacing your well-loved shades, baseball and softball-specific prescription eyewear can enhance and improve your time out on the field. While we can’t guarantee that the right eyewear will take you to the major leagues, it just might just give you a little edge over your friends that don’t take their equipment as seriously as you do.
Instead of attempting to make do with non-functional (yet very stylish) fashion sunglasses, step into the world of performance prescription sunglasses. Here are a few things to consider about frame style and design before making your purchase:
As a ball player, protecting your eyes and ensuring you have the proper vision in all scenarios may help you hit a few more home runs. Regardless of where you play, it’s important to choose a style with lenses that “wrap” around your face. A wrapped lens design offers total protection from the light that sneaks through the top, bottom, or sides of your glasses, which can be quite distracting.
We also recommend Polycarbonate or Trivex lenses as they are shatterproof and lightweight. A lighter lens will mean less pressure behind or above your ears, and an all-around more comfortable experience throughout your time in the diamond.
Frame Fit and Design
As tempting as it may be to rock your favorite lifestyle shades for your next game, those sunglasses likely won’t perform as you want them to when you need them most. The main difference between baseball/softball-specific glasses and casual frames is a good, snug fit.
Your new field sunglasses need to provide all-day comfort. A large part of this comfort comes from not having to keep readjusting your glasses when you sweat, or every time you hit the ball, catch the ball, or run for home. For this reason, baseball-specific eyewear will have rubberized nose pads and temple arms to keep your glasses secured in the same position as when you first put them on.
If you are going to be wearing a helmet or ball cap, another feature to look for is slim temple arms. A thick, chunky temple arm when shoved under a helmet or ball cap can create painful pressure points. For this reason, opt for a frame with less bulky temples, such as the Under Armour Ignitor 2.0 or the Nike Skylon Ace.
Preventing fogging or sweat pooling at the bottom of your frames is essential when playing ball. Casual sunglasses don’t tend to have any anti-fog features, and some sport frames hug the face so closely that there isn’t anywhere for moisture to vent.
Semi-rimless frames tend to be the preference among baseball and softball players for this reason; the lack of a bottom rim allows for plenty of airflow and also allows moisture to run off the bottom of the lens, rather than collect in the bottom of the frame.
You can also opt to add an anti-fog treatment to the backside of your lenses for additional moisture resistance. The anti-fog treatment is an excellent option for those who prefer a full-rim frame as they do not shed moisture as well as semi-rimless frames.
If you have any other questions about baseball and softball-specific prescription glasses, give us a shout at 888-507-1230 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to help.