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Flying balls and racquets. Tackles. Elbows. Finger. Dust. Dirt.
Back to school also means back to sports and myriad of things that can cause injuries, specifically eye injuries, to your child.

Prevent Blindness America reports that hospital emergency rooms treat more than 40,000 eye injuries every year that are sports-related. Any sport in which balls, racquets or flying objects are present pose a potential for eye injury. No matter the sport, there is almost always the opportunity for an eye injury.

Basketball, baseball, football, and soccer all hold the risk of scratches to the cornea or an inflamed iris. With rougher sports like football, they run the risk of a fractured eye socket or a swollen retina. So, whether your kids are playing hockey or tennis, their eyes should be protected.

For protection during any contact sport, regular glasses and contacts are not enough. Even on-the-job industrial safety glasses don’t provide adequate protection for sports. Specific sports goggles should be worn both in practice and during games. Sports goggles form unique shapes and fit to your child’s head to stay in place during intense activity.

Different frames are best for different sports and the best way to find the right fit is to get measured. If they don’t fit right, they won’t stay in place and offer proper protection. If your child already wears glasses or contacts, it’s important to make sure you get matching prescriptions.

While the thought of spending more money on more sports equipment for your kids may make you shudder, Rx Optical can take the pain out of purchasing sport safety glasses with our Sport Safety Solution Program.

Give us a call or visit our website to learn more about our Sport Safety Solution Program and to schedule you an appointment for your child. Hurry, an eye exam is cheaper than a visit to the emergency room.

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As back-to-school time approaches, some kids might be excited about going back, and some kids may be dreading it. For most parents, we are experiencing relief in getting back to a structured schedule.

If your kid seems to be even more upset about school this year, there might be more to their hesitation than a simple dislike of school.

1 in 4 kids have an undetected vision problem, and when kids have a hard time seeing, their frustration will come out in a number of ways. Often, if kids can’t see the front of the classroom or the book in front of them, they’ll misbehave out of frustration. And vision problems can lead to more than trouble-making. 80% of the learning a child does is through their eyes, and when they have a hard time focusing or retaining information, their vision could be to blame.

As your kids prepare to head back to school, make sure their vision is clear. While they’re home, watch for signs of vision issues such as:

  • Squinting when watching TV
  • Not being able to see 3D content
  • Headaches when reading
  • Clumsiness in sports

Learning will be even more difficult if the eyes aren’t providing a clear, focused image their developing brain and early vision problems can have long-lasting effects.

According to the Vision Council of America, regular screenings by an eye doctor are the best way to ensure healthy vision and school success.

Are your kids ready for reading, sports, and screens? Include vision screenings in your back-to-school shopping by taking advantage of our Back-To-School Special. Now through the end of October, complete eye exams for kids 4 to 18 are only $19. And, if glasses become part of the plan, we have a special on a lens and frame package during the length of the special.

Make sure your kids can see their future clearly, call or stop in today for a $19 eye exam!