Spring Training: Can Sports Glasses Help You Step Up Your Game?

Spring sports are right around the corner! While sports might look a little bit different this year, it’s as important as ever that you take the steps necessary to protect your eyes (or your child’s eyes) on the field or the court.

Why Do You Need Prescription Sports Glasses?

While the glasses you wear day to day do a great job of correcting your vision, they aren’t designed for the rough and tumble conditions you encounter while you’re playing sports. A collision with another player (or with sports equipment) could easily break your day-to-day eyewear, causing an expense and potentially an injury.

Prescription sports glasses are designed with your sport in mind. From snowboarding to hockey, there are sport-specific glasses that are designed to stand up to the unique conditions you experience in your sport. It’s possible to customize your sports glasses even further, with tints and other features that can enhance your ability to see while playing sports.

These glasses are also designed for physical activity. They’re designed to be durable, lightweight, and comfortable. Sports glasses manufacturers know that you’ll get sweaty while you’re playing, and sports glasses are created to stay in place no matter how slick your face may become.

If you’ve worn standard glasses while playing a sport that requires stellar hand-eye coordination, you know how frustrating it can be to glance at an object or opponent in your peripheral vision – only to see fuzziness, as the object or person in question is outside of the field of vision covered by your glasses. With sports glasses, you can choose a wraparound style that allows your entire field of vision to be corrected.

Do Kids Need Sports Vision Glasses?

In a word – absolutely. A 2000 study showed that 72% of sports and recreation-related eye injuries occurred in children and young adults under the age of 25. Student-athletes are likely to experience broken glasses. Purchasing sports glasses before day one of practice can save your child from injury, and you from multiple expenses.

Remember, just like glasses, your child’s sports glasses need to be updated regularly. It’s important to get a new pair of child’s sports glasses for your child each time their prescription changes for their regular classes.

The bottom line: when it comes to eye injuries and sports, it’s a matter of when – not if. Collisions, black eyes, elbows to the face, and other injuries happen, even in low-contact sports. If you or your child are active in sports or recreation activities, be sure that you have the proper eye equipment to perform your best.