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Sports eyewear

By | October 11, 2014

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Sports eyewear

What is the best eyewear for sports?

If you wear glasses, they can seem hazardous when playing sport. Get the right product and advice from your optician, however, and they can help protect your eyes. In general, plastic or CR39, lenses are safer than glass. Your optician will also recommend polycarbonate and Trivex materials as they are safer and stronger than regular plastic lenses.

Any conventional spectacle frame, without adjustable pad arms as found on most metal spectacle frames, can be suitable for sport. It should cover the orbit, the bony rim round your eye, and be worn with a sports band attachment. The Bridge of the frame should sit snugly around the bridge of the nose. There are wrap-around frames with full cushioning which are purpose-designed for sport and will give optimum safety and comfort.

If there are no contra indications, contact lenses are an excellent alternative to wearing spectacles and offer a safe alternative to glasses when you are playing sports.

Visit your local optical practice and speak to the registered dispensing optician who can help you find the best solution so you can see well and stay safe while playing sports.

Can I get prescription swimming goggles?

Poor vision and the salt or chlorine in water can make swimming an uncomfortable experience. If you normally wear specs or contact lenses, you will find that prescription goggles can help you. Ready-to-wear prescription goggles, incorporating basic lens powers are available, or your dispensing optician can order goggles with your accurate prescription incorporated.

Call in to your local optical practice and ask the registered dispensing optician for more advice on the best goggles to help you make the most of swimming.

What eyewear can help me see when diving?

It is important to protect your eyes whether you are scuba diving or snorkelling. You should wear a water tight facemask which fits firmly.

If you are a spectacle wearer, your optician can order in masks that will also help you see under water. Some masks come with inserts for prescription lenses, while others allow the prescription lens to be stuck/cemented to the rear surface of the mask, accurately centred on your eyes.

Call in to your local optical practice and ask the registered dispensing optician for more advice on the right masks with prescription lenses for diving.

How can I protect my eyes when cycling?

More people are enjoying cycle sports, and it is important to think about eye protection while taking part. The right robust eyewear can protect you from wind, dust and impact injuries.

Goggles are good for all round protection, and can be fitted with prescription lenses. The right tint on the lenses can help protect you from visible and UV light while outdoors. A tint can also improve your perception of contrast.

A firm and stable fit is vitally important. Some optical practices specialise in sports eyewear, and a dispensing optician can assess your needs and order the best protective eyewear for you to wear when cycling.

What is the best eye protection for squash and other racket sports?

Squash is a particularly hazardous sport as the squash ball is almost equal in size to the eye’s orbit. All squash players should wear eye protection. There are specifically designed goggles for squash use which must be fitted with the most efficient impact resistant lenses. These can be made up with lenses to match your spectacle prescription.

For all racket sports, as well as sports like cricket, rounders or baseball that are played with a hard ball, impact resistance is the prime concern. Plastic, CR39, lenses may be used, but polycarbonate or Trivex are preferable.

Talk to the dispensing optician in your local optical practice. They will be able to guide you through the best options to protect your eyes and give you great vision.

How should I protect my eyes while snow skiing?

Eye protection for skiing is usually used in goggle form. If you normally wear glasses, prescription inserts can be fitted inside the goggles. Snow reflects visible and UV light, increasing the overall brightness, so in sunny conditions you may want lenses with a very dark brown tint. For overcast, flat light days, in which there is an over-abundance of blue light, yellow or rose tints may be best. Grey tints reduce transmittance across the spectrum. Polarised lenses may also be used, but these tend to mask small contours on the slope. Visible and UV transmittance may also be further reduced by the use of mirror coatings. Ask a dispensing optician about the best options to protect your eyes when skiing.

What are the best lens tints for shooting or archery?

A bronze tint should be used for skeet, clay-pigeon and trap shooting. It is also the tint of choice for hunting. For black on white target shooting yellow tints offer good contrast. Targets may vary in colour. For orange targets use an orange tint. Red and pink tints are good for black and green targets and are also effective on orange targets and for hunting; they also reduce the effects of a green background, grass, trees and shrubs. A red tint can improve colour differentiation for people with a colour vision problem. Tints should not be too dark, as this results in an enlarged pupil, which can adversely affect the shooters’/archers’ performance.

What should I wear whilst playing football?

If you wear glasses, they can seem hazardous when playing football, but get the right product and advice from your optician and they can help protect your eyes. Plastic or CR39, lenses are safer than glass for football and any other sport. Your optician will also recommend polycarbonate and Trivex materials as they are safer and stronger than regular plastic lenses.

Any conventional spectacle frame, without adjustable pad arms as found on most metal spectacle frames, can be suitable for football. It should cover the orbit, the bony rim round your eye, and be worn with a sports band attachment. If you want something specifically designed for sports like football, there are wrap-around frames with full cushioning which are purpose-designed for sport and give optimum safety and comfort.

If there are no contra indications, soft contact lenses are an excellent alternative to wearing spectacles and offer a safe alternative to glasses when you are playing football.

Visit your local optical practice and speak to the registered dispensing optician who can help you find the best solution so you can see well and stay safe while playing football.

What should I wear to protect my eyes whilst playing cricket?

Cricket and other hard ball sports can be hazardous to the eyes. If you want to protect your eyes, opt for plastic lenses. CR39 plastic may be used, but polycarbonate or Trivex is preferable. There are specifically designed sports goggles for cricket use which are fitted with the most efficient impact resistant lenses and can be made up with lenses to match your spectacle prescription.

Talk to the dispensing optician in your local optical practice. They will be able to guide you through the best options to protect your eyes and give you great vision when playing cricket.