Oakley performance based eyewear has defined the look of several generations of amateur and professional athletes alike, looking to the premium optical technology and high performance sunglasses, lenses and frames provided by the sport and lifestyle brand to give them the breathing space required to compete at the peak of their abilities in their chosen sports.

It is widely believed that players who choose to wear such UV protection can reduce the risk of eye problems later in life such as macular degeneration, although not enough players on the tour have yet taken up the wise moves of the players mentioned below.

Sam Stosur

Australian tennis player and US Open 2011 champion, Sam Stosur, is known to be fond of competing with Oakley performance glasses, saying: ‘I would not go on the court without my Enduring Edge sunnies’, with her favourite specs reputed to be the Oakley Cinder Red/VR28 Black Iridium, which automatically adjust to varying lighting conditions to allow for supreme concentration, and are supposed to be polarized for cutting overall glare by an impressive 99%.

Janko Tipsarevic

I witnessed the former top 20 Serbian player in the flesh at last September’s US Open tournament, where he traded blows with fellow Serb Novak Djokovic in the baking heat of the New York sunshine, sporting a pair of prescription photo chromic Oakley Fast Jackets, perfectly suited to lengthy match play at a grand slam event considering the handy ability to be able to alternate lenses easily due to the SwitchLock technology.

Tipsarevic speaks fondly of his allegiance to Oakley in which he says on the brand’s official website: “I saw I needed a prescription and tried wearing contact lenses but it didn’t work. Since I’d been with Oakley for a long time they suggested me to try glasses with colour-changing lenses. They call them transition lenses, now I couldn’t play without them!”

These colour changing lenses Tipsarevic refers to are much like Stosur’s in terms of technology, by helping block out the sun when playing in the intense heat of tournaments across the world that the players are often subjected to by intuitively darkening in bright light, helping him keep focused on the task at hand rather than worrying about his heightened sensitivity to sunlight.

Olympic Recognition

Oakley will also be the first ever performance-based eyewear sponsors of the USA Olympic team at London, including the participating tennis stars, with a percentage of sales going towards aiding the training of future Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Jamie blogs for DirectSight.co.uk who provide sports sunglasses and prescription spectacles.