FAQ: Sports Eyewear

As spring nears many kids are signing up for spring sports - soccer, baseball, field hockey - you name it, the season for outdoor sports is almost upon us. Many parents come to Dr. A with questions regarding their glasses-wearing children and sports. Coaches will often recommend that children wear sports goggles and not their glasses during play for safety reasons. Dr. A does agrees with these recommendations, but their are other options for your child.

We offer a a great selection of sports goggles to meet your child's needs, but if you are looking an alternative - we have fit contact lenses for kids as young as 9 or 10. Whether or not your child is eligible for sports contact lenses will depend on several factors such as their particular prescription, maturity and activity.

If your child does choose to wear contact lenses for athletics, we would recommend single-use, disposable contact lenses worn only for practice and games. To find out if your child is a good candidate for sports contact lenses, schedule an exam with us. We'll exam their vision and review options for athletic eyewear!

If you are interested in protective athletic eyewear, here is some important information to consider from AllAboutVision.com:

What to Look for in Protective Eyewear: Lenses in sports eyewear usually are made of polycarbonate. Since polycarbonate is such an impact-resistant lens material, it works well to protect eyes from fast-moving objects. Polycarbonate also has built-in ultraviolet protection — a valuable feature for outdoor sports. Most sport frames can accommodate both prescription and nonprescription lenses. Sport frames are constructed of highly impact-resistant plastic or polycarbonate, and most come with rubber padding to cushion the frame where it comes in contact with the head or the nose area. Some sports styles are contoured, wrapping slightly around the face. This type of goggle works well for biking, hang-gliding and sailing. Contact lens wearers especially benefit from the wraparound style, as it helps keep out wind and dust. Sports goggles are made in a variety of shapes and sizes. Many are designed for racquet sports and are available for basketball and soccer. Some are even designed to fit in helmets used for football, hockey and baseball. Sports goggles should allow the use of helmets when the sport calls for it.

As the spring sports season arrives - let us help you navigate ways to protect your child's eyes! Click here to make an appointment for a comprehensive exam!

Source: AllAboutVision.com