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Sports Eye Safety Awareness


Are you the parent of a child that wears prescription eyewear and participates in sporting activities?  If you have answered yes then I encourage you to read on.  It could be the most important decision you can make when it comes to providing your child with the best defense in eye safety and maximum visual acuity!  Eye injuries are the leading cause of acquired blindness and visual impairment.  Over 25% of those injuries occur during sports.


According to a recent study reported by Prevent Blindness America® (PBA), more than 38,000 sports-related eye injuries occur each year of the severity that requires a trip to the emergency room.  School aged competitors are particularly prone to eye injuries since their athletic skills of coordination, balance, reaction time and speed are still being fine-tuned through their involvement in athletic programs.  In one year alone, children between the ages of 5 to 14 endured a significant amount of injuries due to sports.


When your son or daughter participates in a sport activity, the impact of a ball or other equipment as well as an opponent’s fingers, hands, and elbows become a threat to a child’s visual safety.  If they play a sport that requires a helmet or faceguard, don’t make the mistake of thinking their eyes are protected from injuries.  Their eyes are still exposed to danger from sports equipment or an opponent’s finger penetrating the openings of a facemask.  Likewise, if a child wears glasses, everyday street eyewear is not held to the same protective standards as are eyewear products labeled as protective eyewear for sports use.  The lens in non-protective sports frames could easily pop out and puncture or cut the eye, as well as a frame mangled from impact.

The good news is that you can help prevent your child from being sidelined because of a serious eye injury.  According to the PBA 90% of these tragic injuries are preventable.  You can make the decision to help protect their eyes by adding protective sport goggles to their equipment bag.  Remember, while protective sports eyewear can provide significant protection; they cannot guarantee to be unbreakable or guard against all foreseeable impacts.  However, a quality pair of Rec Specs® equipped with the appropriate polycarbonate lenses to meet sport safety standards, can be sight savers since they help keep the eyes and surrounding ocular region protected.

Smoke Vision Care is a designated Performance Vision Center and working with Liberty Sport and Prevent Blindness America are working to increase awareness and availability of sports eyewear in our communities.  We stock a collection of Liberty Sport Protective Sports Eyewear, the most advanced prescription and non-prescription F803 products, to meet the needs of your up-and-coming superstar!

Now through October 31st if you purchase a pair of Liberty Sport Eyewear you can get a pair of Liberty Everyday Indestructible Eyewear absolutely free for your child.