Ski and snowboard goggles
Protect your eyes on the slopes
The European ski season is nearly upon us. If you’ve booked your lift pass, now is the time to think about your eye protection for skiing and snowboarding.
Those ‘bluebird’ days, when the sky is blue and the sun shines bright, make for the best skiing conditions. However, glare from the sun can not only be distracting, but poses a risk to eye health too.
Snow is reflective, so UV rays from the sun are much stronger on the slopes than anywhere else. Ensuring your eyes are adequately protected from the sun with sunglasses or snow goggles is as essential as your thermal base layers.
Dr Susan Blakeney, Clinical Adviser at the College of Optometrists explains:
“UV exposure is cumulative so, although you may not feel any immediate effects you could be putting yourself at risk of long term damage as sunlight may damage your eyes, increasing the long-term risk of developing conditions such as cataracts and possibly AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration). If you are not sure of the best protective eyewear for you, ask your optometrist before travelling.”
Sunglasses for skiing
The obvious choice for UV eye protection is a pair of sunglasses. If you usually wear glasses, prescription sunglasses can help you enjoy the slopes with perfect vision and are available with both single vision and varifocal lenses. For varifocal glasses wearers, we recommend and stock Varilux SunMax lenses which can be combined with wrap-around sunglasses.
Sunglasses with polarised lenses help to reduce glare with a unique filter that blocks blinding glare, ensuring comfortable vision and enhanced colour perception.
Prescription snow goggles
Whilst sunglasses provide adequate UV protection, when conditions are very bright ski goggles are the best option to ensure sufficient all round protection from the sun’s glare.
Snow goggles can be worn with contact lenses or over your usual glasses. If you’re buying ski goggles to wear over your glasses, we always recommend trying them on together first to ensure that they provide a comfortable fit and don’t affect your field of vision.
If you’d rather have freedom from glasses when skiing or snowboarding, we now offer snow goggles with prescription lenses.
Available in a huge range of colours and styles, snow goggles will fit securely around your helmet or head – ideal if you are heading off-piste.
Bolle snow goggles
We stock a range of ski and snowboard sunglasses and goggles for adults and children from leading sports eyewear brand Bolle.
From on-trend frameless goggles to high performance polarised finishes, all Bolle goggles offer 100% UV protection and some styles feature photochromic lenses.
Visit us in-store to try the Bolle range for yourself or browse our most popular ski goggles online.
Prevent foggy glasses
If you wear your usual pair of glasses under your ski goggles, you may find that your glasses tend to fog or mist up. This is a common issue and is caused by the heat from your body creating a film of condensation on your glasses.
Luckily, there is a simple solution; Calosport Optical Lens Cleaning Spray is a cleaning spray with an antistatic and anti fog formula – apply with a microfibre cloth and your lenses will stay clear. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket too.
How to order prescription ski goggles
If you’re considering purchasing a pair of prescription sunglasses or ski goggles, please visit us to see our full range. To ensure a good fit, we’ll need to take a full set of measurements.
If you have a recent spectacle prescription then all you need to do is arrange an appointment with one of our expert dispensing opticians and we can take it from there. You can book an appointment online – choose a ‘Help Choosing New Glasses‘ appointment as this will be with the right person and for the right amount of time.
If you need further advice, please call us on 01273 843946.