It's Sports Vision Month - Defend Their Eyes!

Shin guards for soccer, shoulder pads for football, and batting helmets for baseball and softball. Almost every sport has its own unique safety equipment, but according to our doctors, most participants in sports forget to protect one of the most important parts of the body: the eyes.

“Sports related injuries are the leading cause of eye injuries in children under 16,” according to Dr. Karri Buresh “Most of these could be avoided simply by wearing proper eye protection.”

Protective sports eyewear can help prevent injuries such as fracture of the eye socket, scratched corneas, swollen retinas, and even cataracts caused by trauma to the eye. Parents of children who participate in sports should insist that their children wear protective eyewear or contact lenses and encourage schools and athletic clubs to adopt a policy requiring it.

Today’s protective eyewear is lightweight, comfortable, and available with or without vision correction. Here are a few recommendations from our doctors:

  1. Do not wear ophthalmic glasses to play sports! Standard eyewear frames do not block elbows and objects. These frames often cause more injury to the eyes and head when actively hit. 
     
  2. betty_med.jpgRec Specs are specifically designed to protect against impact and are tested to meet or exceed the strictest ASTM F803 standards.  They're also engineered to handle any prescription.
     
  3. Ask us about contact lenses for your child.  We actively fit contact lenses in children as young as 8 years old. Contact lenses are a 3 way decision, between child, parent, and doctor.  With the availability of daily disposable contact lenses, having a fresh clean lens available every day eliminates a lot of hassle with contact lenses. 

Make sure to have a discussion with our doctors about sports safety at your next children's exam. DEFEND THEIR EYES!

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