Autumn is around the corner, and with it all the fun of fall sports. From football and lacrosse to golf, soccer and volleyball, your child may participate in these or other sports when they head back to school. It is important to outfit them with the proper safety gear and equipment so they can not only protect their eyes but see better too.
The National Eye Institute says eye injuries are the top cause of blindness in U.S. children; most injuries in school-aged children are sports-related, accounting for about 100,000 doctor visits per year at an estimated cost of $175 million. That said, 90 percent of sports-related eye injuries could be avoided through the use of protective eyewear.
This can include safety glasses and goggles, shields, and eye guards that have been designed for a particular sport. Standard prescription glasses, contact lenses and sunglasses are helpful but can’t protect against eye injuries. If possible, you should wear safety goggles over them.
Here are some tips on enjoying better vision for fall sports.
- Make an appointment for your child to see their eye doctor. Make sure they are up to date on all eye exams, particularly contact lens prescriptions. If your child is old enough to wear contacts, this is a great option for sports like football and lacrosse where a helmet can get in the way of wearing goggles.
- Get your child fitted for prescription sports goggles if they prefer. These will help in sports like soccer and volleyball so they can see better on the field and protect their eyes at the same time.
- Wear sunglasses when outside to protect the eyes from UV rays.
- Consider lens coatings that reduce glare, such as polarized lenses. Anti-reflective coatings can reduce glare even at night time, which means your child is protected even if the game runs late. Or, try photochromic lenses, which transition from clear to a dark sun lens dependent on the amount of light present.
The right eye protection not only mitigates the safety risk, it can also ensure optimal vision when participating in sports. Up your game with better eye protection today!
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Here at Simon Eye Associates, we have a variety of sports eyewear for you to choose from. Call us today at 302-239-1933 or complete our convenient online form. We serve families in Wilmington, Newark, Bear, and nearby DE areas.