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Equestrian
In this section we feature a wide range of eyewear options suitable for horse riders including Uvex, the most popular brand amongst equestrian enthusiasts, worn by many of Germany’s top (competitive) riders. Lower down in this section is an article covering why riders should wear sunglasses / eyewer and tips on helping you choose.

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Why horse riders should wear sports sunglasses / eyewear
Not all riders wear sunglasses / eyewear. This is probably because there has never been a ‘tradition’ of riders wearing sunglasses and some are concerned about what would happen if they fell – could the eyewear damage them? However the majority of sports sunglasses and certainly all models in this section have impact resistant, shatterproof polycarbonate lenses – these lenses will not shatter or break.
There are two big reasons why riders should wear sunglasses:
Firstly, riders can spend a lot of time outdoors and sports sunglasses will protect eyes from harmful ultraviolet radiation (UVR), in particular the more-damaging UVB radiation. UV rays from sunlight can damage the retina and the lens of the eye. Too much exposure is linked to conditions like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. As the eye cannot see UVR, good quality sunglasses have an important function in blocking UVR. Good quality sunglasses will filter out both UVA and UVB, the latter is responsible for causing sunburn and can damage eye tissue with prolonged and unprotected exposure.
Secondly, sports style, wrap around style sunglasses give plenty of eye protection to keep out insects, grit, dirt, stone chippings, wind, rain or a stray tree branch.
A couple of other things worth noting: the UV filter applied to sunglasses is actually clear so it has nothing to do with lens colour. A clear lens can still be UV400 rated. And unlike fashion and designer sunglasses sports sunglasses are close fitting so they tend to fit both men and women with the majority of sports sunglasses being unisex in size and style.
So what sunglass features should riders look for:
– Straight or near straight temples (arms) help with helmets (easier to put on / take off).
– Non slip nose pads and temples tips keep the sunglasses in place. If need be you can also wear a ‘retainer’ (see our accessories section)
– Rimless, frameless models and half frame models are good so that nothing interferes with vision when looking down.
– Lens colours will depend on weather conditions and the terrain or surroundings. Brown and amber lens are very versatile adding contrast (sharpening the field of vision). Yellow lenses are very good in dull / poor light or riding in wooded and shaded areas. Rose or orange lenses are high definition colours and will be good if riding on sand.  Opting for an interchangeable model that comes with 3 or 4 lenses will give you the option to choose different lenses for different conditions.