April is Sports Eye Safety Month, so we are working to spread awareness about the importance of wearing proper eye protection when playing sports. Our previous blog touched on the staggering statistics of those not properly protecting their eyes during games, the most common types of sports-related eye injuries, and why it is especially important for children under 15 to be protecting their eyes. Once you make the smart decision to purchase sports safety glasses, there are a few things to keep in mind:
FITTING GLASSES WITH YOUR PRESCRIPTION
If you already wear prescription glasses, the team at Rx Optical can fit your sport frames with the correct lenses. Wearing regular glasses while playing sports does not provide you with proper protection and can potentially lead to further injury.
It is important that you feel comfortable when wearing your sports safety frames, as it should become a habit to wear them often. It may feel strange at first when you put them on, but you will slowly get used to the frames and it should not affect your game performance. Make sure to adjust the straps on the frames to ensure they are not too tight or too loose. Being slightly uncomfortable at first is no doubt better than a trip to the emergency room for an eye injury.
ASTM F803 APPROVED / TESTED FOR SPORT USE
When looking for frames, make sure that they are labeled as ASTM F803 approved. This means the eyewear has been approved to adequately provide the highest levels of protection while playing sports. The sports safety glasses packaging should also say that the frames have been tested for sports use.
ALWAYS USE LENSES
Some sports safety frames come without lenses, but in order to have the highest level of protection, it is important to use only “lensed” frames. Frames without lenses may stop a larger ball or piece of equipment from hitting the eyeball, but you are then still vulnerable to penetrating injuries from fingers, debris or smaller equipment. If you are playing outdoor sports, also check that the lenses provide UV protection.
Sports safety lenses should be made from polycarbonate materials, as this provides the highest level of impact protection. This material can withstand a ball or other projectiles traveling at 90-miles per hour. Polycarbonate lenses will not reduce vision.
RIGHT FRAMES FOR YOUR SPORT
In order to find the recommended frames for a variety of different sports, talk with the team at Rx Optical, or refer to this helpful chart (page 5) provided by The Vision Council and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.
HOW RX CAN HELP
Rx Optical carries an extensive line of sports safety glasses, including options from sports safety frame leaders HILCO and WileyX. Our collection offers sports safety glasses that are made with high-impact polycarbonate lenses, which are scratch resistant and provide 100% UV protection.
Our team at Rx Optical can help you find the right fit and ensure that you are fully protected when playing your favorite sport. Stop into your nearest Rx Optical office soon to browse our collection of sports safety frames. It’s time to make wearing sports safety glasses a habit.