TIPS ON SELECTING SPORTS GOGGLES

Dr. Jim Martin 09/08/2015

5944577_orig.pngPlaying sports can cause injuries. That is why players wear special shoes, shoulder pads, knee pads, helmets, and other protective gear before starting a game. Sports goggles are another piece of protective gear that players should donn before a game. They protect the eyes and help a player see more clearly.
Tips For Selecting Sports Goggles

Sports goggles come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. How do you find the right goggles for your sport?

  • Prescription glasses, sunglasses, and industrial safety glasses are not substitutes for sports goggles. They are not made to take the rigors of a sport and can break on impact, potentially causing injury.

  • Select a goggle frame that is specifically designed for your sport. Players of racquet sports, like tennis, have different needs than players of helmeted sports, like football or hockey.

  • The lens material should be polycarbonate. It is highly impact-resistant and can protect the eyes against fast moving objects. It also offers ultraviolet protection, which is imperative for outdoor sports.

  • All sports lenses should have an anti-scratch coating. It is very easy for untreated polycarbonate lenses to get scratched, even with normal use. The anti-scratch coating extends the lenses’ life and keeps the wearer seeing clear.

  • Select a tinting that is appropriate to your sport. For example, if you are going to be doing winter or water sports, UV protection is critical to avoid reflected sunlight from burning your eye's corneas. Yellow lenses are great for tennis players who need to see the ball against a blue sky. Amber lenses filter out blue light, making baseballs contrast against a bright sky.

  • If you need corrective lenses, make sure the goggles you select can accommodate your prescription. Most sports goggles are designed to take both prescription and non-prescription lenses, but it never hurts to check.

  • Fit is critical when it comes to sports goggles. You will need the goggles to stay in place when you are at your most active. Try a number of goggle frames to ensure you find one that is comfortable and that offers you the right fit.

Before you book your next game, you need to go see the eye doctor. You need to make sure your eyes are in good condition, and see if you need an updated corrective lens prescription. Once the doctor says everything is okay, stop by the optician's shop to see what kinds of sports goggles are available. The optician has the training to help you find the right goggles, lenses, and tints to make your next game a success. Stop by Broome Optical in Amarillo for these services. In addition to full examinations and experienced fitting staff, we offer a full selection of sports goggles and lenses.

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