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Sports Eyewear

September 23, 2020

At  the office of Optical Outlets, we prioritize the health and quality of your eyesight. As your experienced eye care provider, we provide an extensive range of services, from comprehensive eye exams, prescription lenses and contacts, to vision screenings for the detection of disease or injury affecting the health of your eyes.

Everyone loves sports and many children and adults participate in organized leagues and programs where they frequently engage in their favorite recreational activities. While different sports may involve different types of gear, one thing that they all have in common is the need for the appropriate eye protection. 

The statistics on sports-related eye injuries are alarming. It’s estimated that 40,000 eye injuries each year in the United States can be attributed to sports. In fact, every 13 minutes, an emergency room is treating someone for sports-related eye trauma. The most common sports-related eye injuries include blunt injuries, corneal abrasions, and penetrating injuries. An astonishing thirty percent of eye injuries among children younger than 16 years of age are sustained while playing sports.

The good news is that simply by wearing appropriate eye protection approximately 90 percent of sports-related eye injuries can be prevented. These days, as awareness of the connection between sports and eye trauma grows, it is becoming increasingly popular for athletes and sports enthusiasts of all ages to use protective sports eyewear.

Our team of eye care professionals can help guide you in the selection and fitting of the appropriate eyewear. As each sport presents its own risks the recommended protection and the design of the eyewear can vary. Keep in mind is that while your regular sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses may offer you some measure of everyday eye protection, they cannot adequately guard your eyes from injury when playing sports.

At the office of Optical Outlets, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.