Your sunglasses are there to protect your eyes from pollution and the sun

By Nicole Ganglani | Art by Saii Shah | Lead photo courtesy of Oakley

Did you know that Filipinos looked for bicycles nearly three times as much in June compared to April 2020? According to, Google search volumes on bicycles in 2020 increased by 163 percent in the Philippines. This goes to show that bikes have become a popular choice for commuters amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Given that there are more people investing in bicycles, it’s important that we keep encouraging cyclists to stay safe on the road. Besides knowing the right hand signals, protocols when crashes happen or the do’s and don’ts when it comes to urban cycling, every cyclist must wear the right safety gear as well. And one gear we would like to encourage cyclists to invest in are sunglasses. Here’s why you should invest in sunglasses:


Sunglasses protects your eyes from dust and debris

It’s unavoidable to encounter unidentified flying objects when you take on the road. Dirt and debris can come from passing cars, public transportation vehicles like jeeps, polluted environments or simply just by being exposed outside. Sunglasses help protect your eyes from dust, debris, tiny pebbles, bugs, dirt and whatever that can get into your eyes and cause distractions and possible injury. 


Sunglasses shields your eyes from UV exposure

Constant exposure to UVA and UVB radiation from the sun is detrimental to your vision. That’s why the right cycling sunglasses like Oakley’s clifden round Available nationwide online via Shopee and Lazadafor example, are made with plutonite and polarized lenses that filter the impact of the ultraviolet radiation or the sun’s glare. Sunglasses like these block 99 percent of reflected glare and sharpen your vision at every angle—a weapon you need when you’re cycling under  scorching conditions. It also helps you avoid sun-related eye problems like macular degeneration, cataracts and pterygium or surfer’s eye.


Sunglasses keep you focused

Aside from debris and the sun, sunglasses also lessen the distraction that comes with city biking. In Metro Manila, cyclists have to deal with vehicles, undisciplined drivers, glare from street signs and buildings, intersections, signaling turns, other cyclists and more. It also doesn’t help that Manila isn’t exactly the most bike-friendly city just yet. That’s why it’s important to invest in sunglasses that provide superior optical clarity and razor-sharp vision to keep your eyes focused on the road.


When function meets fashion

Let’s face it—wearing sunglasses makes you look good out there. It’s just as much of a fashion accessory as a functional piece in your cycling kit. They come in a number of shapes, colors and sizes. There are a vast array of appealing, affordable and quality sunglasses in the market today like the ones in Oakley. One way to cycle safely in the streets of Manila is to wear the right and complete gear. Make sure to invest in sunglasses because protecting your eyes is just as important as protecting your head with a helmet.