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As the season of outdoor sports begins, parents usually get prepared for buying shin guards, pads, face mask, helmets, shoes, sportswear, and cleats, but most parents do not emphasize on protecting their children's eyes. As far as sports glasses are concerned, it is only a fashionable accessory to them, which gives comfort against sunlight. They are not aware that neglecting eye safety while playing or performing can lead to serious injuries, including permanent vision loss. And it applies not only to children but also to the adults who are either weekend players or playing professionally.
Today, sports glasses are made considering the unique requirement of each sport. The days are gone when there used to be only one type of safety glasses for all sports. Today, you can find carefully manufactured basketball glasses, baseball glasses, cycling glasses, skiing glasses, and so forth. Sportsmen who are wearing corrective eyewear can also play their game without compromising with vision and eye safety with prescription sports glasses.
As we know that protective eyewear can prevent 90 percent of sports-related eye injuries, let's dig deeper to find out what outdoor activities and sports are most prone to damage the eyes and how protective eyewear can help.
Players that are at Higher Risk of Eye Injuries:
Sports that involve a ball or other high-flying equipment are considered riskier. Among children under 14, baseball is one of the major reasons for eye injuries. Most outdoor sports should not be played without protective eyewear. Baseball, tennis, and other racquet sports have the highest rates of eye injuries.
Experts suggest that if a child wears protective eyewear, which is not regular glasses or goggles while playing a sport, it may prevent 90 percent of sports-related eye injuries. Ordinary prescription glasses and sunglasses do not provide adequate protection.
Wearing sports glasses reduces the risk of eye injury:
Every game has different types of eye injury risks. For example, in baseball apart from the batsman none of the players on the field wear helmet, which has polycarbonate face shield. Pitcher and other players on the field should wear sports glasses equipped with polycarbonate lenses as these players are more likely to hit by the ball that has batted than the one thrown by a pitcher. Some players stand closer to the batsman and so they are at higher risk of damaging their eyes.
How to Select Sports Glasses and Prescription Sports Glasses:
Sports glasses that are made of polycarbonate are considered ideal. Polycarbonate is a lightweight plastic which is also shatterproof and considered ideal for protection against fast-moving objects. Polycarbonate’s ultra-violate protection also keep your eyes safe from harsh sunlight.
Sports goggles come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some of these glasses are also designed to be compatible with helmets. If you are playing hockey, rugby, or baseball, you should look for eyewear that you fits well on your face after wearing a helmet. However, all safety eyewear must meet the American Society for Testing and Materials International testing standards and specifications.
At CA Glasses, we offer a large collection of sport-specific frames. Our highly durable frames perfectly accommodate with both prescription and non-prescription lenses. Each frame is carefully crafted to provide the utmost comfort to the player during the game. With proper cushioning of rubber or silicone, we ensure that the frame fits your face perfectly. If you are into biking, cycling, or sailing, choose our wrap-around style frames for protection against wind and dust. Even if you are prescribed to wear glasses, we give you perfect customization of your prescription using advanced lens technology at our optical lab.
What you should do if you have an eye injury:
- In case of significant eye injury, you should visit an ophthalmologist as early as possible.
- Don’t touch, rub or apply pressure on the eye.
- Don’t try to remove the object that has penetrated the eye.
- Don’t apply medication to the eye.
Blow to the eye is one of the most common eye injuries in sports and to treat it you should gently apply a cold compress without pressure as it will reduce swelling and pain. Visit your nearest hospital if you have visual disturbance or severe eye pain.
Every sportsman should wear sports glasses to ensure the safety of their eyes. Eye injure while playing a sport is just a matter of seconds. Even the best athletes don’t have that quick reflexes to prevent eye injuries. If you are prescribed to wear glasses then go for prescription sports goggles for clear vision and safety. As you know now that protective eyewear may prevent 90 percent of sports-related eye injuries check out our latest collection of sports glasses available at affordable prices.