Among the many pleasures that herald the arrival of spring are not only the first warm rays of sunshine and the blossoming wonders of nature, but also the increased number of convertibles and motorbikes we see on the roads. It’s all very well to feel the sun on your skin and the scent of blossoms wafting gently through the air, but if you don’t have good sunglasses, driving a motorbike or a convertible may be a pleasure you'll very soon regret.
Sun, wind or stars – if you want to have total, unadulterated enjoyment of the many delights offered by your motorbike or convertible, perfectly fitted eyeglass frames with high quality lenses is an absolute must. Only in this way can drivers protect their eyes against the glare of the sun, small insects and wind.
When you are looking for the right frames, practicality plays an important role. The glasses should be easy to put on and take off when you are wearing your helmet, match the shape of your head and sit firmly without causing pressure marks. Your eye care professional has a wide selection for you to choose from. Particularly for motorcyclists, shatter-proof plastic lenses and lightweight, flexible frames with flat, elastic side tips are ideal to minimize the risk of injury in a worst case scenario. The nose pads should also be flexible to ensure that if the helmet is a tight fit, no unsightly or even painful pressure marks remain. For convertibles, the sky is the limit when it comes to choosing your frames.
Tip for motorcyclists: Ideally, your helmet should not feature a tinted visor. These are legally prohibited in many countries. Photochromic or self-tinting lenses are better. The current top of the range is PhotoFusion® lenses. They have a photosensitive coating and therefore offer the eye optimal protection. The special feature of lenses with PhotoFusion: their tint adapts to every light situation so that you always enjoy comfortable vision – without glare. Make sure you take your helmet with you to the eye doctor when your motorcycling glasses are being fitted.
The lenses should be made of plastic for convertible drivers and motorcyclists. They are more shatter-proof than glass lenses – and they are lighter as well. What is extremely important is an antireflection coating and, in the case of plastic lenses, a scratch-resistant hard coating. Alternatively, you can select ZEISS lenses incorporating special technologies for optimal glare protection, like polarizing filters. These filter out scattered light and reflections off bright surfaces and therefore minimize extreme glare. This means added safety in dazzling sunshine, particularly on a wet road after a downpour.
Clarlet® Loop lenses are something really special and extremely fashionable. Thanks to the use of a special technology, eyeglass wearers can select fashionable frames or sports frames with wrap lenses – also with their personal prescription – regardless of whether progressive or single vision lenses are chosen. The state-of-the-art design and production of these lenses offer the wearer maximum wearing comfort. This not only provides optimum protection against wind, dust and insects, but also means that limited vision and eyestrain are now things of the past. Another benefit: the lenses are very light and resistant to breakage.
Motorcyclists and convertible drivers alike need to be able to see what is happening in their rear and side mirrors without having to constantly turn their heads. Very small lenses/lens shapes are therefore not suitable.
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