Not so long ago, it was rare for an athlete to wear sports glasses. The result was that many an athlete suffered from an injury that was directly related to their sport. Things have changed because today it is just as rare to come across an athlete who takes to the field without wearing protective sport glasses. The simple truth is that everyone related to sports – be it a parent, coach or the players themselves – has realized that it is important to protect the eyes with suitable and protective eyewear.
The use of sport glasses has resulted in considerable reduction in eye damage and at the same time it has also meant that athletes and sports persons who wear protective eyewear also get to see better. Even so, every year hospitals are treating in excess of 40000 eye injuries that are directly related to sporting activities. Anyone who performs on the sporting arena is at risk – even those who play sports that do not involve physical contact.
If you are playing a sport, which involves flying objects or balls and even racquets, then there is a potential risk that you can suffer an eye injury. It therefore makes sense to protect your eyes by wearing sport glasses. If you are of the belief that prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses as well as safety glasses can help protect your eyes when playing sports then you need to think twice. This is because sport glasses are designed to protect you when you play a particular type of sport. These glasses are available in different sizes as well as shapes. Some are designed for use on the basketball court while others are designed for the soccer field.
When choosing your sport glasses be sure to pick one that allows you to wear it with a helmet, should the sport require you to use a helmet. Also, when choosing the lenses for your sport eyeglasses be sure to pick lenses that are made from polycarbonate because this material is impact resistant. Also, polycarbonate offers excellent protection to the eyes from objects that are moving at great speeds. Best of all, these lenses also offer inbuilt UV protection.
However, before you choose polycarbonate lenses for your sport eyeglasses, you should understand that if these lenses are not treated, then they tend to scratch very easily. So, it pays to use a scratch resistant coating on the lenses. Although polycarbonate lenses are the first choice among athletes, it is also important to look at the different frames because each kind of sporting activity requires a particular kind of frame. A vast majority of sport frames can take prescription as well as ordinary lenses. When choosing a sports frame be sure to go with one that is made from material that is tough durable and impact resistant. Typically, you should go with plastic frames or polycarbonate frames. Also, pick a frame that has rubber padding, which helps to protect the frame at the point where it comes in contact with the wearer’s nose or head.
Last but not least, when choosing sport glasses keep in mind the fact that certain sport glasses are designed to wrap around the face. These kinds of sport eyeglasses are perfect for biking and hang-gliding as well as sailing. They also suit people who wear contact lenses as they help to keep the wind and dust from affecting the eyes.