Sports Eye Wear:
Sports eyewear is designed to provide both protection and optimal vision. Most eye injuries occur in sports where players are in close contact with one another and involve pokes or jabs to the eye. These can lead to retinal detachments, corneal abrasions, fractured bones and even blindness.
Basketball is the leading sport in terms of eye injuries, however, sports such as tennis, baseball, softball, and racquetball involve ball speeds of up to 90 mph and can cause just as much damage to the eye.
Polycarbonate lenses are designed to protect for 90% of eye injuries and are more impact resistant compared to glass or plastic lenses. They are made with built-in UV protection and have a scratch-resistant coating.
Sports frames are made of polycarbonate or other high impact resistant plastics. They incorporate padded bridges for increased comfort of the frame on your nose and have deep-grooved eye wires to prevent the lenses from falling out of the frame. Wrap-around style frame-lens combinations are also available and shield your eyes from the elements during activities such as biking, sailing, skiing, snowboarding, and motocross.
Tinted lenses can also be important in certain sports. Dark UV protective lenses are ideal for baseball and other outdoor sports including alpine sports, and gray-brown colored lenses are beneficial for activities such as golf, making the outline of the course easier to see by increasing the contrast.
Real Eyes Optometry carries a wide variety of Canadian safety approved eyewear and safety standard lenses. We will work with you to determine the most appropriate safety eyewear for your particular occupation.
Protection from UV rays is one of the most important elements for keeping your eyes healthy and preventing/reducing progression of certain eye conditions such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
Not all sunglasses can protect your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun. A well-made pair of sunglasses will protect you from at least 98% of UVA and UVB rays. At Real Eyes Optometry, we can assist you in finding sun-wear that will protect you from these harmful rays while looking stylish. We can also make sun-wear with your spectacle prescription in them.
People under the age of 20 are the most susceptible to the harmful effects of UV light. At Real Eyes Optometry, we offer a variety of sun-wear options, ranging from young children sun-wear to post-op cataract surgery sunglasses.
Polarized lenses are another option in sun protection. These lenses work by blocking sun rays reflected off of water or a flat road which reduces glare and increases clarity. These lenses are an excellent choice for water activities, driving, skiing, fishing, golfing and biking.