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Why Sunglasses Are A Must For Water Enthusiasts

February 13, 2023 4 min read

Why Sunglasses Are A Must For Water Enthusiasts

Being on the water can be a real eye opener (pun intended) when it comes to protecting your eyes. From UV rays to glare, the elements can really take its toll on your eyes when you’re out exploring on the water. That’s why we make sure that we never leave land without our sunnies!

Sunglasses are a must-have accessory while you’re out on the water. Not only do they enhance your vision, but they protect your eyes too. Whether you're a seasoned sailor or a beach bum, the ocean (or lake!) can be a treasure trove of fun and adventure, and just like any other adventure, you need to be prepared.

So, grab your polarized sunglasses (preferably one of ours, but hey, we’re biased), put on that sunhat, and let's navigate the seas of eye care together!


Exposure to UV Rays

You may know that the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can be a real pain for your skin, but did you know they can also do a number on your eyesight? Prolonged exposure to UV rays can lead to some serious eye problems, such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and even cancer. Yikes!

But don't worry, there's an easy solution to protect your eyes while you're out on the water - sunglasses! In order to protect your eyes, it is important to wear sunglasses that offer UV protection. We prefer choosing polarized sunglasses, which will help to block out the harmful rays and reduce the glare.

Next time you're out on the water, don't forget to grab your shades before you set sail. Not only will they keep your eyes safe from the sun's harmful rays, but they'll also make you look stylish too. It’s a win-win! Don't let UV rays ruin your fun on the water.

We recommend our Charleston 2 frame, which is a pair of ultra-light sunglasses that not only protect your eyes from UV rays, but are made from plant based acetate that makes this frame a pair of sustainable sunglasses too.

Beware The Glare

Another thing you need to consider when you are on the water is the reflection of the sun's rays off of the water. This can cause glare and make it difficult for you to see. Glare can really put a damper on your day by causing eye strain, which can lead to headaches, fatigue and even temporary vision loss. Quite the bummer when you’re trying to enjoy the outdoors!

Glare from the sun on the water can be a real pain for your eyes, but don't let it ruin your fun. This is just another reason to make sure that you take high-quality sunglasses with you when you’re outside enjoying the water.  To really combat the effects of glare, it is important to choose polarized sunglasses (who knew that’s what we’d say?). Just like when it comes to UV protection, these special lenses also help to reduce the glare and make it easier for you to see.

Our Hilton Head frame is a great pair of sustainable sunglasses that not only look great, but are responsibly-made as well.

Protection from the Elements

Being out on the water can expose your eyes to a variety of elements like wind, sand, and water that can cause irritation and dryness in your eyes. These elements can make your eyes feel tired, itchy and even cause redness. It can also make it difficult to see and cause eye strain. Imagine spending your whole day on the water with itchy, dry and irritated eyes, not the best experience, right?

This is another reason why it’s a great idea to invest in a pair of high-quality, handmade sunglasses. Taking a pair of shades with you will help to keep your eyes from getting irritated and dry by blocking out the wind, sand, and water.

We recommend our Denali No.1, a pair of ultra-light sunglasses and our take on the classic aviator-style frame.

Better for Your Vision

You may think that sunglasses are only good for protecting your eyes from the sun's harmful rays, but did you know they can also improve your vision? That's right, wearing sunglasses can enhance color and contrast, making it easier to see objects on the water. Imagine being able to spot that big catch or a beautiful sunset on the water with more clarity and vivid colors. How cool is that?

When you're out on the water, the sun's rays can reflect off the water, making the colors appear washed out and dull. But with polarized sunglasses, by reducing glare, they can increase the color contrast that you see, making it easier to spot fish, boats, and other objects on the water.

Plus, it will make the water appear more blue, the sky more vibrant and the clouds fluffier. You'll be able to enjoy the beauty of the water in a more vivid way. 

Our Tulum No. 4 is a pair of ultra-light sunglasses that were designed for activities in mind, making these handmade sunglasses ideal for those who love making waves out on the water.

Grab Your Sunnies!

Sunglasses are the ultimate accessory for any water adventure. They're like a shield for your eyes, protecting them from UV rays, glare and elements, while also enhancing your vision so you can spot all the hidden treasures of the sea.

At Maho Shades, we have a wide selection of handcrafted and sustainable sunglasses that are perfect for whatever your style or outdoor needs.

So, don't forget to pack your favorite pair of handcrafted sunglasses before your next water adventure, and let's make waves with safe and comfortable eyes!