Learn the Best Eye Protection for Sports During Sports Eye Safety Month | Shepherd Eye Center

Learn the Best Eye Protection for Sports During Sports Eye Safety Month

It might be surprising to learn that while tens of thousands of sports-related eye injuries are treated in US emergency rooms every year, most of these injuries could have been prevented with the proper eye protection. To bring attention to the importance of wearing eye protection while playing sports, the American Academy of Ophthalmology has declared April Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month!

While individual needs can vary, there are some general guidelines you can follow to help prevent eye injury. Keep reading to learn the best eye protection for sports during Sports Eye Safety Month!

Polycarbonate Goggles

Polycarbonate goggles are highly impact-resistant and suitable for sports with a high risk of eye injury, such as basketball, racquetball, and soccer. Look for goggles that provide a snug fit with lenses advertised as shatterproof.

Wrap-Around Sunglasses 

For outdoor sports, such as cycling, skiing, and snowboarding, wrap-around sunglasses with high-quality lenses can provide protection from flying debris, harmful UV rays, and distracting glare. The best wrap-around sunglasses for these sports offer 100% UV protection and are designed to sit securely on the face during vigorous activities.

Helmets with Eye Shields

In contact sports like football and hockey, helmets with integrated eye shields or visors can protect the eyes from direct blows and flying objects. For the best protection, ensure that the eye protection is made of a durable material that meets safety standards for impact resistance.

Swim Goggles

Wearing swim goggles for water sports such as swimming, diving, and water polo is essential to protect the eyes from chlorine, saltwater, and potential impacts. The most protective goggles for water sports have snug-fitting silicone seals and shatterproof lenses.

Prescription Sports Glasses

Individuals requiring prescription eyewear should opt for sports glasses with impact-resistant lenses customized to their prescription. The best prescription sports glasses should be appropriate for their sport of choice with impact-resistant lenses, a secure fit, and UV light protection.

Sports-specific Eyewear

Some sports, such as racquet sports and shooting, may require specialized eyewear designed to enhance performance while providing adequate eye protection. These sports-specific glasses may feature tinted lenses to improve contrast or polarized lenses to reduce glare.

If you have a young athlete, you should insist on the consistent use of protective eyewear both at practice and during competition. If you start them playing with eye protection early, they are more likely to think of their goggles or eye shields as just another part of their sports uniform.

Regardless of what sport you play, it’s crucial to choose eye protection that fits properly, provides adequate coverage, and meets all existing safety standards. You should regularly inspect your eye protection for any signs of damage or wear and replace it as needed to ensure optimal protection for your eyes.

Don’t be sidelined from the game by a preventable eye injury! Take the time this April to learn about the best eye protection for your sport of choice during Sports Eye Safety Month!

Find the right prescription sports eye protection at Shepherd Eye Center! You can visit the optical shop at one of our convenient locations to get eyewear that will keep you on the slopes, on the ice, or on the playing field!

Do you want to learn more ways to keep your eyes safe? Schedule an appointment at Shepherd Eye Center at one of our 5 locations in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV, today!

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