A number of sports require protective gear, ranging from full on pads and helmets to just a mouthguard or shin guards. However, many times, the eyes are left exposed, as it’s not all that common for protective sports eyewear to be mandated. Often, only people who normally wear prescription eyeglasses will turn to sports glasses. Yet, anyone can benefit from them. Today, we’re discussing eye safety for athletes and sharing tips to protect your vision.
The easiest way to avoid the common eye injuries in sports is to wear sports glasses with polycarbonate lenses. It’s estimated around 90% of sports eye injuries could be prevented with protective eyewear. When polycarbonate eye protection was introduced in hockey, eye injuries declined dramatically. For sports like ice hockey, lacrosse and football, you should wear a helmet with a polycarbonate shield or a wire shield with polycarbonate. Hockey players should make sure the mask is approved by the Hockey Equipment Certification Council or the Canadian Standards Association.
For all other sports, consider sports glasses with a strap to keep them in place. At the Spectacle Shoppe, we offer sports glasses for kids and adults, both prescription and non-prescription. People who only wear glasses do tend to opt for prescription sports glasses because they need them to see. Their regular glasses would just fall off when they ran or jumped.
People who don’t require vision correction should go for non-prescription sports glasses because their eyes are just as much at risk.
Fit is the most important thing to consider for adult or kids’ sports glasses. You want them to fit snugly around the eyes and cover your eyeballs and the bones around them. Many models like our Liberty Sport Junior Velocity kids’ sports glasses have padding on the bridge for comfort and venting on the sides to prevent fogging.
For adults, depending on the sport, a wraparound style like Rudy Project frames can be excellent for protecting your eyes and we offer them as sunglasses for outdoor sports. For a high-impact sport, you may want to add a sports glasses strap. These are less like goggles and more like sporty sunglasses. In-store, we carry a variety of Rudy Project non-prescription and prescription sports glasses with polycarbonate lenses. While style is important, and these are popular aesthetically, as we said, fit is key, as is crisp vision if you need vision correction.
Whether you’re in the market for pickleball glasses or prescription sports glasses for kids, we’ve got you covered at the Spectacle Shoppe in Kerrisdale. We’ll help you pick out comfortable, high-quality sports eyewear that suits your needs. See how we’re keeping our customers safe during the coronavirus pandemic here.