Prevent Blindness designated September as Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month in an effort to increase public awareness about the importance of vision protection during sports and activities. Did you know that eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children? Every 13 minutes a U.S. emergency room receives a visit from a patient suffering from a sports-related eye injury. The sports with the highest number of eye injuries include softball, baseball, racquet sports, ice hockey and basketball, according to research from Prevent Blindness. So, what can you do to help prevent these disturbing statistics? Learn how protective eyewear, such as customized goggles and wraparound frames with polycarbonate lenses, has shown to reduce and/or eliminate your risk of eye damage.
Not only does sports eyewear protect your vision, but often it can also enhance your vision quality giving you an edge-up on the competition. People with mild to moderate vision correction could interact in sports competition without wearing eyeglasses or contacts, but now top performance in any sport is dependent upon sharp vision. Eyewear and goggles for sports provide essential tools for competing at your very best.
Because of the large amount of data supporting the need for protective eyewear, it is a standard part of many athletic sports and more often than not required for play.
Sports eyewear differs from regular eyeglasses, sunglasses or industrial safety glasses. Sports eye gear is customized for each person’s unique needs respective sport. Some eyewear are even structured to fit into helmets worn when playing football, baseball or hockey.
Protective lenses are generally made from polycarbonate, a durable and impact-resistant material that boasts full UV protection for outdoor action. Polycarbonate lenses are also scratch-resistant, which is a valuable feature for many rough sports.
Not only do frames offer high-impact resistant plastic or polycarbonate, and they also come coated with rubber padding at every point that connects with your face providing you extra protection and comfort. Some frame styles are contoured to wrap around your face, which provides secure coverage for activities such as hang-gliding, sailing and biking. Non-prescription wraparound shapes are preferred for contact lens wearers, since they add a barrier between your eyes and dust or wind that would irritate your contact and disturb your vision.
When it comes to sports eyewear and goggles, buying of the shelf with a one-size-fits-all mentality isn’t going to give you the fit you need for the performance and protection to require. when it comes to sports goggles. Proper sizing is critical for top-notch function. Frames that are oversized won’t protect a child’s eyes enough. Impact or blows to the face or head won’t have the cushion support they need.
Conversely, choosing sports goggles that are too small is just as dangerous. Not only will the discomfort discourage use, but the eyewear will also limit peripheral vision. Peripheral vision is key in sports and puts your child’s safety at risk.
The fit of sports eyewear requires a yearly assessment for wear-and-tear, fit and padding status. The padding on the inside of sports goggles must rest flush with your or your child’s face. Eyes should be centered in the lens zone. By visiting Peepers Optical, and enlisting the help of a professional, you can ensure that the sports eyewear being used is adequate and in good order. When it comes to the eyes, you don’t want to leave anything to chance! Remember, protective eyewear can help prevent nearly 90% of sports-related eye injuries.
Wearing proper safety goggles that have lensed polycarbonate protectors is important. This eyewear should be labeled ASTM F803 approved. This eyewear has the highest levels of protection for helping to prevent and minimize sports-related eye injuries.
At Peepers Optical, our Denver, Co, team of eye doctors and certified opticians are highly trained in performing a range of eye tests and exams. In addition to basic vision screening, we conduct eye health evaluations, prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses, and check for any signs of ocular disease. Call 303-333-2800 to schedule an appointment for better vision!