Our Sports Frames

Our Sports Frames

April is Sports Eye Safety Month, making it the perfect opportunity to share some of our favorite sports eyewear with you! We love providing comfortable, stylish, and effective solutions that are guaranteed to protect your eyes whether you are on the court, field, or even in the pool.

Our sport safety frames come from two main manufacturers: Leader Sports (HILCO) and Wiley X.

LEADER SPORTS (HILCO)

For more than 30 years, the Leader Sports line by HILCO has offered a high-quality line of innovative sports eyewear. The company’s products have been worn by top athletes around the world, and they are known to provide exceptional performance and durability.

Whether you’re at the beginning stages of your athletic journey or you’re at the top of your game, Leader products can help you achieve peak performance. All Leader eye guards and shields include.

  • High impact, scratch resistant polycarbonate lenses
  • Optically correct lenses for minimal distortion
  • 100% UV protection

Leader Sports also has a line of swim protection offering exceptional solutions with the same guaranteed safety for underwater activities.

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WILEY X

Since 1987 Wiley X has positioned themselves as a world leader in researching, developing and selling protective eyewear. Originally they focused on military and law enforcement markets, with high-profile partnerships in the U.S. Armed Forces and elite Special Forces units.

Wiley X soon evolved into commercial markets, and their tremendous reputation has only continued to grow. From sport hunting, shooting, motorcycle riding, fishing, hiking, biking, extreme sports, and traditional sports, Wiley X is a worldwide leader in sports eyewear.

With their entire adult line exceeding OSHA safety standards,100% ANSI ratings, and distribution into some of the toughest environments worldwide, Wiley X is providing sporting goods, industrial safety, tactical and optical commercial retailers the ultimate level of protection.

Additionally, Wiley X believes that eye protection for everyday life only works if people want to wear it, so they remain committed to making stylish eyewear that is desirable and appropriate for every occasion. This includes great youth line with fun styles and colors that kids will enjoy wearing.

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Stop in at your Rx Optical office and try on these great sports protection options today!

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SPORTS SAFETY GLASSES | RX OPTICAL

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.

COMFORTABLE FIT
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.

POLYCARBONATE LENSES

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.

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WHY DO YOU NEED TO WEAR SPORTS SAFETY GLASSES?

Did you know that there are more than 600,000 sports-related eye injuries every year, with a third of those occurring in children? Participating in sports is great for overall physical health, but can expose people to potential injury, including injuries to the eyes.

When it comes to sports, people’s first safety concerns are usually that of broken bones, bruises, scrapes, or concussions, but most fail to realize that they are not protecting something that can be vital for their well being – their sight. Every 13 minutes an emergency room in the U.S. is treating a sports-related eye injury, and patients are spending more than $175 million a year in health costs on what should usually be avoidable injuries.

SPORTS SAFETY FOR CHILDREN
Almost half of sports-related eye injuries involve children under 15, so it is very important that parents encourage their children to wear the proper eye protection. Most parents are adamant about their children wearing the correct helmets, pads or clothing when playing sports, but right now only about 15% of children are wearing proper eye protection.

With eye injuries being the leading cause of blindness in children in the United States, and most of them being sports-related, it is extremely important that children wear protective eyewear when playing sports, regardless of whether or not they already wear glasses or contacts. Regular glasses do not provide the same protection as certified protective eyewear, and can even contribute to further injury when worn while playing sports.

TYPES OF SPORTS EYE INJURIES
The most common eye injuries in sports are blunt trauma injuries, penetrating injuries and radiation injuries.

Blunt trauma injuries are when something or someone hits someone’s eye, and usually results in a bruised or black eye. More serious blunt trauma injuries can cause broken bones under the eyeball, a ruptured globe, also referred to as a “broken eyeball,” and in some cases, a detached retina, which is when part of the eye separates.

Penetrating injuries occur when something cuts the eye. This can be caused by someone else’s finger or finger nail, sports equipment, or even regular glasses that are being worn during games.

Radiation injuries are from overexposure to the sun during outdoor sports. This is very common in cycling, skiing, or water sports. It is important to find sports safety frames for these activities that provide the proper UV protection.

Sports Safety Solution Program that helps drive down costs for some of the top name brand frames.

Be sure to check out our blog later in the month where we give advice on what to look for when you are purchasing sports safety frames. We will also let you know what types of frames are recommended for different sports.

Vision is precious, and it’s time to prevent unnecessary eye injuries by protecting yourself during practice and games.

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BACK TO SCHOOL: PROTECT YOUR CHILD’S EYES DURING SPORTS

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.