Athlone has become a sporting hub due to its location on the River Shannon and beautiful Lough Ree. We are fortunate to have rowing and yacht clubs, extensive cycleways, rugby, tennis and golf clubs to name but a few. The demand for sports eyewear has never been greater!
Accurate vision is essential in all aspects of our lives, but particularly sports, where a rapid response can be essential to both our protection and performance. At Athlone Opticians we offer a range of sports eyewear to cater to every sports enthusiast. Spectacle lenses are made out of plastic, however, for sport a tougher material is required. Polycarbonate is up to ten times tougher than regular plastic. It also has the advantage of being thinner and lighter than regular plastic lenses.
As your local independent optician we like to support local sport clubs and offer discount schemes to clubs for all sports wear options, if a representative for the club would like to discuss this in more detail please do not hesitate to contact us.
Whether you enjoy a bit of fun in the swimming pool with your children or are competing at a more serious level, prescription swimming goggles will give you comfort and confidence by allowing you to see clearly in the water.
Swimming goggles are available over the counter in both child and adult sizes, higher prescriptions may have to be ordered in. Lenses are made from impact resistant polycarbonate material and are latex free with an anti-fog coating. We will advise on the best goggle for you depending on your prescription.
It is vital when cycling to protect your eyes from foreign bodies, wind and UV light. We recommend Oakley sunglasses due to their world renowned range of range of tints including Oakley Prizm Technology and the option of interchangeable lenses to facilitate all weather conditions.
Oakley frames are extremely durable and use the latest frame technology to prevent fogging of the lenses and slippage of the frame when active. These are available with or without prescription.
Sailing, Rowing & Fishing
Athlone Opticians recommend Polarised lenses for any waterbased activities as not only do they provide 100% protection from UV light but also reduce glare. Usually light scatters because it bounces at varying angles off an objects’ uneven surface. But if the surface is smooth, as with calm water, light reflects at one angle, such as right into your eyes. This is what we know as glare.
Fortunately, polarised sunglasses, with or without prescription, can be modified with a technique called polarisation to reduce light glare and improve vision and safety in the sun. On polarised sunglasses, the filter creates vertical openings for light. This means that only light rays that approach your eyes vertically can fit through those openings. The lenses will block out all the horizontal light waves bouncing off a smooth lake.
As a result, images you see with polarised lenses are crisper, clearer and more detailed making it easier to see. People who use polarised sunglasses for long stretches of time often say they are less tired than usual after hours of battling sunglare. These are especilly important for people who fish in water.
Gaelic, Hurling, Soccer & Squash
We offer a range of great value protective sports eyewear made to EU standards from Cebe. In order to prevent ocular damage and to ensure optimum vision we advise the use of sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses if you are a glasses wearer for many field based activities. This now a requirement with many sports clubs. We have partnered with Cebe who specialise in the creation of sports protective eyewear and offer a real expertise in this area.
Born in 1892 in the Jura mountains, the ‘Pure Adrenaline’ brand is characterized by its handy and authentic products created out of the brand’s passion for outdoor and adventure. Their range of glasses is aimed at adults, including non-prescription options for handball and squash, as well as teenagers and children.
Our safety eyewear is from Bollé, the leading supplier to the European market. We are experienced in providing corporate eyecare to many of the leading companies in the Midlands and we have competitive corporate packages tailored specifically for companies and company employees for safety and VDU eyewear as well as excellent discount benefits for family members.
Please contact our office for further information and we would be delighted to liaise with your company representative.
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