THE RIGHT ACTIVEWEAR
As you head out the door this summer, whether it is to go mountain biking or to the lake to go fishing, having the right type of eye protection or activewear is essential. Eye protection can vary greatly in design and function depending on what type of activities you are to take part in. One of the most important factors to take into consideration when choosing eye protection is if it needs to be designed to protect against impact, the sun, or possibly both.
Eye protection has a large range of options. If you are using the right eye protection for the wrong activity, you may find that your protection is not going to work as you had hoped, and may actually cause more problems. As a new season of school sports kicks up, be sure to suit up with the right eyewear.
The most important part of determining what type of eye protection you need is to identify what you will be protecting your eyes from. For someone who is going to grab the mountain bike and hit to trails, you are looking for something that is designed for impact resistance. Having glasses on that can break and enter the eye, or cause damage to areas around the eye would not be your best option.
The two main categories to look at when you are choosing eyewear is whether your activity is going to have any chance of impact. If there is, you want to choose safety glasses. These differ from regular glasses as they are required to meet a higher standard of impact resistance than regular eye glasses. This standard is required for both the lens and the frame.
Safety glasses are becoming more stylish and can even be special ordered with your prescription in them if need be. Regular glasses, if impacted, may not stand up to the impact which can lead to injury from broken glass or broken frames.
If you’re more up to grabbing your fishing gear and heading to your favorite lake or stream, you are looking to protect your eyes from the sun. In this case impact resistance is not as important as blocking out the UV rays that can damage the eye or even leave your eyes sunburned.
The most effective form of sunglasses are those which have UV protection. Wraparound sunglasses have the most coverage for your face and will help to block out light that can enter around the sides of normal sunglasses. If you are concerned about being able to see, sunglasses like many safety glasses can be made with your prescription to allow you to see clearly through them.
As you step out the door this summer, know that your eye protection has a specific design and function. Using the wrong eyewear for the activity you are going to partake in may leave you more vulnerable and unprotected. If you are unsure which type of eye protection to use, consult your optometrist or the staff at Bissell Eye Care and they will be able to guide you in the right direction!
About the author: John D. Bissell, owner of Bissell Eye Care and Tri-State Low Vision Services, offers comprehensive eye examinations for the entire family, ocular disease detection and treatment, eye glasses, sun glasses, active wear, contact lenses, and low vision examinations for those with significant vision loss. He has undergone specialized training for treatment of low vision by the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists utilizing customized telescopic eyeglasses, prisms and telescopic implants for patients who qualify. The practice accepts most types of vision and health insurance plans.