Performance & Protection
- Performance. Researchers have found that even mildly blurred vision can have a profound effect on athletes, affecting dexterity and accuracy.
- Protection. Expert opinion is that most sports-related eye injuries can be prevented if athletes wear protective eyewear, too. For example, ski goggles should be a must for those who head to the slopes. In other sports, polycarbonate shields, or “cages,” should be worn to protect an athlete’s eyes. Without proper eye protection, many sports can pose a risk of serious eye injuries which can even result in blindness. Average eyeglasses aren’t good substitutes, either. Everyday glasses and their frames aren’t made with the same standards that go into safety eyewear and they can shatter under impact.
UV Rays, Sunglasses & Glare
- UV rays. These rays have been linked to eye diseases, such as cataracts and ocular tumors. Overexposure can also cause photokeratitis, which is sunburn to your eyes. Even those who practice winter sports, such as skiing and ice skating, should wear sports sunglasses or tinted goggles since UV rays will bounce off the snow even on the cloudiest of days. When it comes to open water sports, the need for this kind of protection from the rays that reflect off of the water will save the athlete from damage to their vision.
- Sports sunglasses. This type of eyewear filters glare, and certain colors can increase contrast between objects of different colors, which will assist an athlete with accuracy. Think of a golfer, a trap-shooter, or a baseball player – any one of these will benefit from sports sunglasses.
- Handling glare. Lens features can optimize visibility in different types of lighting, such as the use of polarized lenses. These reduce glare for better vision, while anti-reflecting glare reducer will work even under those Friday night lights.
Here at Classic Vision Care, we can help you with the best frames and lenses for your particular sport, and we can ensure that you have the best fit possible, too. When it comes to achieving your personal best, remember that optimal eyesight is a key factor in great athletic performance, and keeping your vision safe from damage will allow you to enjoy what you do for years to come.
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