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How Do I Know My Eye Gear Will Be Effective?

Regular reading glasses, sunglasses, and sometimes even safety glasses don't provide necessary eye protection for sports participants. Athletes need to purchase sports eye guards that are tailored to protect the eyes while playing the specific sport. Prices for the correct safety sports eyewear vary. Other suggestions for sports eye safety include:

  • Purchase eye guards at a sports store or optical store and have someone familiar with your eyesight and the sport fit you for the eyewear.
  • Don't purchase eyewear that doesn't contain the correct lenses. Lenses should be secure because with many demanding sports there is the chance that a lens may pop inward, which could cause scratching or damage to the eye.
  • Eye guards should contain cushioning along the eyebrow and the edge of the nose to help prevent the athlete from cutting or damaging his or her face.

How Will Protective Gear Affect My Sports Performance?

Because the eyes help an athlete determine timing, coordination, and speed, the ability to see well while protecting vision is of utmost importance. Fortunately, many sports eyewear manufacturers today take into account an athlete's activity, along with environmental factors, to create eyewear that will give players an edge in their chosen sport. Also, if the sport is being played outdoors, it is very important for athletes to wear eyeglasses that contain UV protection for sunray blockage.

 

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Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky, MD on November 12, 2013
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