If you play sports, you should keep two things in mind related to your vision: protection and precision.
Sports lenses protect the wearer's eyes. Sports such as tennis, baseball, softball, and racquetball may see ball speeds of 90mph or more. In baseball alone, there are over 500,000 injuries per year!
But that is not the most common cause of sports-related eye injuries. Most eye injuries occur in basketball, where an elbow or a finger jabbed into the eye can cause corneal abrasions, fractured bones, retinal detachments, or even blindness.
Polycarbonate lenses are more resistant to impact than glass or plastic and offer protection for 90% of eye injuries. Protective eyewear fits well, features a padded bridge, has prescription or non-prescription lenses, and has deep-grooved eyewires to prevent the lens from popping out from an impact.
Specialized lenses also optimize your vision. Depending on your sport, certain lenses are more appropriate than others. Dark, UV protection lenses are great for baseball and other outdoor sports. Golfers can benefit from amber-brown colored lenses which make it easier to read the course. Even if you do not normally wear glasses, non-prescription sports lenses can benefit your performance. Please don't hesitate to ask about our full range of sports specific eyewear. Stop by our office to view our selection of sports eyewear or visit our Liberty Sport vendor website.
To reduce exposure to UV rays and their effects, we recommend you invest in a set of sunglasses which can provide at least 98% protection from UVA and UVB rays. While cheaper sunglasses can range from poor to excellent UV protection, our sunwear lines provide the best protection from the sun. We carry a large selection of styles and colors.
Another product to consider is a pair of polarized sunglasses. Polarized lenses block light reflected from surfaces such as a flat road or smooth water. If you are involved in activities such as water sports, skiing, golfing, biking, fishing, and even driving, polarized lenses can be very helpful in reducing glare and giving a clearer view.
Finally, if you have a youngster in the family, it is never too early to fit them with sunglasses. Did you know that 90% of the sun damage your eyes will get in your lifetime occurs before age 18? One concern of parents is that their child will scratch, break, or lose the sunglasses; we are here to help you make the best choice for your child.