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people are aware of the need for proper eye protection for sports like
Racquetball and Ice Hockey and wear appropriate eye safety goggles or
face masks. Unfortunately, each year thousands of people are injured
in a variety of other sports. Many of these injuries are entirely preventable
with the proper eye protection.
emergency rooms treat over 40,000 people for sports related injuries
each year. Many more go unreported. The
number one cause of blindness among young people is eye trauma. Only
eyeguards provide protection from sports related eye injuries. Prescription
glasses, sunglasses and occupational saftey glasses do not provide adequate
protection for sports related eye injuries. Protect your sight and that
of your family's by educating yourself about the proper eye protection
for each sport.
Kind of Eye Protection to Buy
guards are multi-functional for different sports. Eyeguards designed
for use in raquet sports are now commonly used for basketball and soccer
as well. Eye guards in combination with helmets are used for football,
hockey and baseball. If you wear prescription glasses, ask your eye doctor
to fit you with prescription eyeguards. If you're a monocular
(a person with only one functional eye), ask your eye doctor what sports
you can safely participate in. It is especailly important that monocular
athletes always wear eye guards.
for Buying Eye Guards
the most protection, buy eyeguards fitted with polycarbonate lenses.
Polycarbonate lenses are the most impact resistant, be sure to
check the packaging for the lens material used.
buy sports eyeguards without lenses. Only "lensed" protectors
are recommended for sports use. Make sure the lenses either stay
inplace or pop outward in the event of an accident. Lenses
that pop in against your eyes can be very dangerous.
Buy lenses that have anti-fog properties. Fogging of the lenses
can be a propblem when you are active. Some eye guards come with
an anti-fog coating, others have side vents for additional ventilation.
Try on different models to see what works best for you.
prescription eyeguards be sure to ask for PFO Global's new RESOLUTION
lens the only optically flawless polycarbonate lens so you aren't
compromising on how well you'll see while wearing the eye guards.
to Buy Eye Guards
guards are available at optical stores or specialty sports stores. At
sports stores, be sure to ask for a sales representative who is familiar
with fitting eye protectors to assist you.
You Can Expect to Pay for Eye Guards
eyeguards can be purchase in the range of $20 to $40. Eyeguards with
prescription lenses can run $60 and up depending on the lens options.
Eye Guards - Stick With Them!
guards may feel strange at first. Give yourself some time to adjust
to them. Remember not wearing eye guards can lead to permanent vision
loss and not wearing them can lead to a lifetime of negative consequences.