Me and my glasses

“I live to be outside and enjoy the view”

British triathlete and two-time Olympic gold medal winner, Alistair Brownlee, MBE, told OT  about the importance of sunglasses as an athlete

Alistair Brownlee, MBE, wears cycling gear, including a helmet and Oakley Radar EV sunglasses.
Chris Sansom

How many pairs of sunglasses do you own?

I probably have hundreds of sunglasses. Oakley is a partner of mine and I’m very lucky to have a different pair for every condition possible.

What frame shapes, colours or styles do you usually go for? Can you describe your favourite pair?

It is hard to beat a classic ‘Radar’ frame for cycling and running. My favourite is the ‘Radar EV’ in white with Prism lenses. These are perfect for all the light and weather conditions we get in Yorkshire.

Who would you pick as your style icon when it comes to eyewear?

Mark Cavendish.

How did you come to realise that eyewear would be beneficial for you as an athlete?

I realised I was spending hours outside every day – often over six hours in very bright conditions. I was almost permanently squinting. I was also constantly getting dirt and insects in my eyes during bike rides.

What does vision and eye health mean to you?

I live to be outside and enjoy the view. Vision and eye health couldn’t be more important to me.

How important is eyewear for reflecting your personality?

I think functionality is the main thing and, thankfully, all Oakley frames look good.

What are your top three tips for selecting the right pair of frames?

  1. Do they fit your head?
  2. Can you feel them when they are on?
  3. Is the lens tilt right to make sure light doesn’t come through the top?