Protective Sports Eyewear

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What Is Protective Sports Eyewear?

Protective Sports Eyewear are eyeglass frames or goggles specifically designed and manufactured to meet or exceed the appropriate US impact protection standards. All protective sports eyewear must also have polycarbonate lenses designed to withstand impact.

The impact of a ball or other equipment as well as an opponent’s hands and elbows pose a threat to an athlete’s visual safety. According to a report by Prevent Blindness of America, there are over 38,000 sports-related eye injuries requiring costly emergency room care. This number could potentially skyrocket when you consider the treatment of eye injuries in a private practitioner’s office. As sports participation statistics continue to climb, and newly identified “extreme” sports gain in popularity, the number of athletes who fall victim to eye injuries has the potential to grow at alarming rates. School-aged competitors are particularly prone to eye injuries since their athletic skills (hand-eye coordination, balance, reaction time and speed) are still being developed. However, regardless of an individual’s age or skill level, every athlete’s eyes are targets for injury. Under most circumstances, at least 90% of sports-related eye injuries are preventable with the proper use of protective sports eyewear.


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Proper eye protection is more important, if not more than the padding, clothing, and other accessories most people eagerly plunk down the green for.

It’s hard to really enjoy the winter wonderland or a mountain bike ride if you can’t see it properly, and yet more often than not, sunglasses and goggles are but an afterthought purchase. The excuses offered are as numerous and varied as the snowflakes swirling through the cabin eves or the rocks and leaves in the forest.

The higher you get above sea-level the more UV radiation gets through. Due to the reflective nature of snow, up to 85-percent of the UV radiation may be reflected upward, emphasizing even more reason for the use of goggles or sunglasses in sunny and slightly overcast conditions.

Dr. Teles and Looking Glass Optical are committed to communicating and educating eyewear consumers on the performance differences between fashion eyeglasses and protective sports eyewear that is designed to prevent eye injuries.

Not all eyewear is protective eyewear. Remember, sunglasses block light – not elbows and objects. It is important to understand the basics; UV radiation has been linked over long-term exposure to serious eye disease such as cataracts and in the short term to temporary afflictions such as snow blindness. At the very least, the goggle or sunglasses you buy should remove 100% of the UV radiation.

The wrap-around style of goggles serves to protect from both direct and indirect radiation and helps to deflect snow, debris and wind away from the eyes. But, just because you own a goggle, doesn’t necessarily mean you are getting the protection you really need.

If you wear glasses, always make sure that you are purchasing goggles designed to fit over glasses. Most manufacturers have special models for this purpose. Sure, you’ll look like a giant bug, but if you can see, who cares? It’s performance that matters and that translates into protection from the sun, protection from the snow, wind deflection, branches and leaves that you can’t see and minimal fogging. After all, you want to be able to see all the fun you’re going to be having, don’t you? Our frames and lenses are specifically designed to protect against impact and tested to meet or exceed the strictest safety standards. And they’ll handle any prescription. Stop in to pick up a pair and keep your eye protected from life’s hazards.

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