Why Consider Specialty Sports Eyewear for You or Your Child?
Astonishingly, more than 600,000 eye injuries related to sports occur each year, and approximately one-third of these injuries occur in children according to the Sport Eye Safety Report produced by the Vision Council.
The report further states that of the 1.6 to 2.4 million Americans who sustain eye injuries each year, an estimated 40,000 will be legally blinded in the injured eye. Although, sports eye protection is essential in children and adults, America’s youths see the largest majority of eye injury attributed to sports.
Most commonly, eye injuries in America’s children occur in baseball, basketball, ice hockey and racquetball with basketball being the leading cause of sports-related eye injury among 15 to 24 year old. For children 14 and under, baseball is a leading cause of sports-related eye injury with batted baseballs being 3.5 times more likely to cause eye damage than a pitched ball.
If being hit by an object as light as a birdie from badminton can cause hyphema, inflammation, dilation of the pupil, high pressure in the eye and even vision loss, then sports performance eye protection in higher speed sports is essential. It’s unimaginable the damage that can occur if an adult or child is hit with a racquetball, baseball or tennis ball. Yet, vision care professionals handle those types of cases daily.
Even Swimming Needs Eye Protection
Still sports with flying objects are not the only competitions that require protective eye gear. Remember, basketball is one of America’s highest sports for eye injury due to aggressive pokes and jabs by fingers and elbows where players are in close contact with each other. Even swimmers suffer eye damage through bacterial infections and chlorine irritation. All sports should be reviewed to ensure that your child has the best eye protection relevant to their chosen activity.
Not Just for Prescriptions
Protective eye wear is for everyone, not just those with eye glass prescriptions and today’s vision wear options are not only protective but stylish as well! Brand name designers in the sports industry have invested in quality and fashion that even MLB, NBA, and NHL players are happy to sport on the fields. Rocky Mountain Eye Center can help you decide which brands match your style or that of your children.
Eye safety is crucial but don’t forget performance! Innovations in lens technology is making sports eye wear an attractive performance enhancer for competitive spirits that are looking for an edge.