The Right Fit For Your Lifestyle 

For the sports player both young and old the Liberty Rec Spec line of sports safety eyewear is exactly what you need. Wearing street glasses during sports activities is an accident waiting to happen. We make the Liberty Rec Spec in RX and non-RX form using polycarbonate or Trivex lenses.

Did you know children receive 80% of their lifetime exposure to the sun before 18? Because most of the damage caused by sun exposure shows up later in life, Transitions Polycarbonate is money well spent. This way they get 100% UV A/B protection as well as a measure of glare control.

Eyes can become sensitive from exposure to wind, smoke, pollen, dirt and debris and while riding motorcycles or boating. We have the WILEY X line of eyewear that was originally designed for the U.S. Military. These frames feature a “sealed eye cavity” that is vented to reduce fogging. These are great for people that have dry eye syndrome and folks that want full wrap around eyewear. They can be made to your prescription and are OSHA safety approved. WILEY X are excellent for shooting, hunting and target practice and were tested by the military for ballistics protection.

Prescription Lenses in High-Activity Sports

Prescription Lenses: Wearing prescription lenses and wanting to participate in high-activity sports can be quite challenging. Fashion eyewear was not designed for performance on the field or in the pool. Sports eyewear can be just what is needed to give you a better experience whether you’re on the court, in the gym or at the lake.

Sports Eyewear

Sports eyewear: Even if you don’t wear prescription lenses, sports eyewear is recommended for anyone who picks up a ball, bat, racquet or other flying object. It doesn’t matter whether your play Little League or in the majors, protective eyewear can prevent blindness and other injuries to the eyes. Prevent Blindness America reports that over 40,000 eye injuries are treated in the hospital emergency rooms each year. Most eye injuries in children are sports-related and are the leading cause of blindness in children.

Glasses & Baseball: Although baseball is the sport most responsible for eye injuries in children age 14 and younger, basketball is the sport that has the most eye injuries for young people between the ages of 15 to 24. But any sport with moving equipment can be detrimental to eye health. Even fitness equipment can damage eyes. Regular glasses worn while playing sports are hazardous because they can shatter on impact.

Recommendations for Sports Eyewear

Although many sports organizations don’t require special eyewear for participation, you should consider eye protection yourself. Here are some general guidelines to purchasing eye sports protection:

  • Sports eyewear should have padding or cushioning along the brow and bridge of the nose to prevent the glasses from cutting into the skin.
  • If you are participating in an outdoor sport, make sure to check that the glasses protect against UV rays.
  • Try on a few pair of sports eyewear to determine which one is most comfortable.
  • Ask for anti-fog coating to prevent the eyewear from fogging up, which can be a problem.
  • Polycarbonate lenses are the most impact resistant. Make sure that the eyewear you’re purchasing has been tested for use in sports.
  • Consider the sport you’re playing. Some sports have designated types of eyewear with different safety features.
  • If you have prescription lenses, get fitted for prescription sports eyewear.
  • Monocular athletes may want to talk to their eye doctor about which sports are safe to participate in. Always wear sports eye protectors when playing.

Common Types of Sports Eye Injuries

  • Blunt trauma is the most common sports-related injury to the eyes. It occurs when something hits the eye. It can cause bruising of the eye, a broken orbital bone or detached retina.
  • Penetrating injuries are far less common, but very damaging. It occurs when something cuts into your eyes, such as a fishing hook or a person’s finger.
  • Radiation injuries are caused by exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Obviously, these injuries are most common in outdoor sports, but are very preventable with high-quality UV eye protection.

Eye injuries should be treated ASAP. Don’t take chances with your or your child’s eyes. Get protective sports eyewear for your lifestyle at Precision Optical.