Who doesn’t love sports? The stories behind the players, the emotions tied to the team you watched as a child – for most of us, it’s a big part of life. You may be an athlete yourself or have a family member who actively participates in a sport. If so, what safety precautions are you taking to protect yourself? Aside from the typical helmet or mouthguard, there is often little done to prevent against a potentially life-debilitating eye injury. Athletes need to purchase eye guards or goggles from a sports store to protect themselves from a scratched cornea or permanent vision loss. Read the following tips to make sure you’re prepared for the field, court, or rink:
More than 600,000 eye injuries related to sports occur each year.
+ If your child is learning a new sport, protective eye gear is essential for coordination. Even if they don’t wear reading glasses, consider getting them a pair for improved development.
+ When purchasing sports eyewear, consider which lenses are appropriate for you, the cushioning around your nose and face, and getting fitted so that you feel comfortable.
+ Is your sport being played outdoors? Don’t forget to consider UV protection, your glasses need to have it to protect you against sunray blockage.
+ The type of eye protection you need is determined by your sport, this chart can give you a better idea of what’s most appropriate for you:
|Baseball/Softball (batter and base runner)||Face guard attached to helmet|
|Bicycling||Helmet/Fashion eyewear acceptable|
|Boxing||Not permitted in sport|
|Football||Polycarbonate eye shield attached to helmet’s face mask|
|Soccer||Sport goggles with polycarbonate lenses|
|Racquet Sports (Tennis, handball, racquetball, badminton, etc.)||Sport goggles with polycarbonate lenses|
|Ice-Hockey||Face mask on helmet, especially for goal tenders|
|Track and Field||Polycarbonate lenses and fashion eyewear|
|Wrestling||Custom eyewear can be made|
|Water Polo||Swim goggles recommended|
Your eyes help your effectiveness in any sport, making you a better judge of timing, coordination, and speed; protecting them is very important. If you’re still hesitant, take into account that there is a wide-variety of fashionable eyewear available to you. As always, consult your optician to help you make the right choice for your protective sports eyewear.
About: MPO EyeCare is owned and operated by Dr. Scott Lam. Located in Alhambra, CA it is the choice of many local San Gabriel Valley residents for exceptional customer service and a wide variety of eye care, including: comprehensive eye exams, children’s vision and eye care, contact lens exams, fashion forward eyewear, optical disease prevention, and more.
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