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The Importance Of Sports Eye Safety

When playing sports, we often take precautions to protect our arms, legs, fingers, and so on from unnecessary damage.

While all of that is great, it’s even more important to protect our eyes. Some sports actually require protective eyewear, but even for the ones that don’t, we need to recognize when and how we should be protecting our eyes.

Why Does Eye Protection Matter?

One of the leading causes of blindness in children is eye injuries, and most of these injuries are sports-related. What makes this even more devastating is that, according to the National Eye Institute, up to 90 percent of sports-related eye injuries could have been prevented by wearing protective eyewear. So let’s take a closer look at the protective eyewear for different sports.

The Right Eye Protection For The Sport

Some sports require more eye protection than others, and some may not specifically require eye protection but it’s still a good idea to have it. The sports where eye safety is a particular concern are lacrosse, archery, swimming, football, hockey, and snowboarding or skiing. For these sports, you can usually find specialized face masks or sports protective eyewear. We’re an authorized distributor of Bolle’ Sport Protective eyewear that can be made specifically to your prescription.

For sports like soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis, and biking, a great sport protective option is polycarbonate lens material. Polycarbonate lenses have much stronger shatter resistance than regular plastic and resist shattering at high impacts. We always recommend polycarbonate lens material to our patients who play sports, or perform any type of activity where impact resistance is necessary. The Bolle Sport Protective eyewear that we carry can even be in your prescription so the you don’t have to wear protective goggles and prescription glasses at the same time!

Let Us Help You Find The Right Gear!

If you aren’t sure what type of protective eyewear is best for the sport you play, come see us, and we’ll help you pick out the right sport protective eyewear to keep you at the top of your game. We have many options from Bolle’ Sport Protective that will protect your eyes and give you the best vision while you are active. And if you or anyone on your team does sustain an eye injury, it’s critical to get straight to an eye doctor, or to the emergency room for treatment. We’re here to answer all of your questions, so please give us a call at 585-427-0780 or contact us online.

Wishing All Our Patients A Great Sports Season!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.