Protecting your eyes in recreational sports is of paramount importance. Eye injuries are the top cause of blindness in children in this country, with most of those injuries occurring in school-aged children who are involved in sports, according to the National Eye Institute. These injuries account for about 100,000 doctor visits each year at a cost of more than $175 million.
It’s also true that 90 percent of sports-related eye injuries are avoidable with the use of protective eyewear, including safety glasses and goggles, safety shields, and eye guards. Ordinary prescription glasses, contact lenses, and sunglasses won’t be enough to provide proper protection against eye injuries. If you do wear any of the above, you should always wear safety goggles over them.
Here are some tips on getting ready for the spring sports season:
Schedule an Eye Exam
Kids between the ages of six and 18 should have annual eye exams starting before the first grade, according to the American Optometric Association. From 18 to 60, every two years is recommended, until the age of 60 when annual visits are recommended once again. It’s best to schedule your yearly eye exam at your current visit so you don’t forget the following year. Schedule eye appointments in early spring so your child is well-prepared for the upcoming spring sports season, whether they play soccer, lacrosse, baseball, etc.
Purchase Protective Eyewear
At your annual visits, you can ask the doctor what kind of protective eye HYPERLINK “https://www.simoneye.com/services/eyewear/sports/”wear would be best for you or your child. Here are some options:
Frames: Sport frames are lightweight yet durable, made of an impact-resistant material such as plastic or polycarbonate with a rubber padding for cushioning. Wraparound frames give you the best protection.
Lenses: Polycarbonate lenses are great for sports because they are unbreakable and are available in prescription strength.
Color Enhancement: Lenses may be tinted in different colors to enhance vision based on what sport you’re playing and your individual needs. Some tints are great at improving contrast while others enhance depth perception.
Light Control: Special lens coatings work to reduce glare so you can see better. Polarized lenses reduce glare, awhile anti-reflective coatings reduce glare during the day and at night. Photochromic lenses are designed to transition from clear to a dark sun lens.
Tune Up Your Vision
The purpose of undergoing annual eye exams is to ensure your overall eye health and to check if your contact lens and glasses prescriptions have changed in strength. If they have, it’s important to update your prescriptions for the best results. If you fail to do so, you can strain your eyes unnecessarily and experience headaches, for example.
Contact Simon Eye Associates
Here at Simon Eye, we feature a variety of sports eyewear products in our optical boutiques, including Oakley, Nike, Adidas and Ray-Ban. Contact us today to schedule your appointment today before the spring sports season starts up.