Parents and coaches play an important role in making sure young athletes protect their eyes and properly gear up for the game. Protective eyewear should be part of any uniform because it plays such an important role in reducing sports-related eye injury.
A visit to Eye Opticians will help you learn more about the most appropriate type of protective eyewear for you and your child and to ensure proper fit.
In the UK, one of the biggest causes of hospital admission involves serious eye injury while playing sports . Eye injuries may result from accidents with equipment like hockey sticks or shuttlecocks, especially in sports which involve fast moving balls. Racket sports alone account for thousands of eye injuries a year according to ROSPA. It is said one in three squash players are likely to experience some sort of eye injury during their playing career. Squash players use a small ball traveling at high speed which puts them in danger of serious injury, especially to the orbits of their eyes. Other sports which have a high occurrence of eye injuries are football, rugby and basketball.
Check the table below for the risk categories for eye injury for various sports.
Badminton – Sports goggles with polycarbonate or PNX lenses Basketball – Sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses Cycling – Sturdy vented wrap around frames with polycarbonate or PNX lenses Field Hockey– Goalie: full-face mask; all others: sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses Rugby– Approved Polycarbonate shield on helmet Squash – Sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses Soccer – Sports goggles with polycarbonate or PNX lenses Squash – Sports goggles with polycarbonate or PNX lenses Swimming and pool sports – Swimming goggles Tennis – Sports goggles with polycarbonate or PNX lenses Track and field – Sturdy wrap around frames with polycarbonate or PNX lenses Fishing Sports – Goggles with polycarbonate or PNX lenses Skiing Ski – Goggles with polycarbonate lenses Diving – Swimming goggles
Are your eyes fit for sport?
The first safety measure to consider before taking part in any sporting activity is to check up on your visual ability with an eye examination. This is also the perfect opportunity to find out more about protective eyewear.
Before having your eyes examined, explain to your practitioner the reason for your visit. Maybe you already wear spectacles or contact lenses and want to find out if they will be suitable for your sporting activity. Many people don’t wear their glasses when playing sport. Alternatively, you may have been experiencing poor vision or headaches while taking part in sport.
By telling your practitioner your needs, you will receive the best practical solution for your visual requirements, thus ensuring your comfort and safety when playing sport.
The best choice for you
Choosing the right visual aid for sport is just as essential as choosing the right equipment or accessories. Just two examples of the benefits that can be gained from making the right choice are the specially designed spectacles developed to help top ranking snooker players and the prescription glazed goggles used by swimmers.
Of course, spectacles aren’t always the right option for playing sports. It would be impractical to use them in activities where physical contact is involved, or if the lenses are likely to get wet or steamed up. Contact lenses are the practical solution to these problems.
Soft contact lenses are the best for most vigorous sports. Most people wear them for the duration of sporting activities even if they don’t wear contact lenses for normal daily use. But remember contact lenses provide very little eye protection. They should be worn, when necessary and appropriate, in conjunction with protective goggles.
The way to clearer, safer vision
Certain sports are best performed with the protection of special frames or goggles. Squash, for instance, requires goggles which protect the temples and bridge of the nose as well as the eyes.
Guidelines for frames:
– Lightweight, yet strong enough to resist strong impact
– Could be fitted with side pieces that curl securely behind the ears
– Should be fitted with elasticated sports band
– Metal frames should be fitted with a padded bridge
– Specially designed goggles are preferable
Guidelines for lenses:
– Should be made from impact– resistant plastic or, preferably, polycarbonate
– Glass lenses should be avoided but, if used, should be toughened or laminated
– For indoor use, lenses should not be tinted or coated to reduce reflection
– Polycarbonate, tougher than other materials, must be used for squash