You take the time to worry about your heart and your lungs, so why wouldn't you think about your eye health? If you are like most people, it might be because you don't know that much about how to take care of your eyes. Fortunately, I have been working with other people to teach them about eye health for the past twenty years. My father lost his eyesight because of a few bad decisions, and I don't want to see other people go down that path. Read here to learn why you should exercise, eat right, and see your eye doctor regularly.
For many adults, participation in athletic activities or sports teams are an enjoyable part of their leisure time. If you are one of these people but you wear glasses, you may find your glasses a hindrance to your chosen pursuit. The following tips can help you pick glasses for sports that will be more comfortable and may actually help improve your performance.
Tip #1: Get a dedicated pair
The glasses you wear for sports activities don't have to be the same as your daily wear glasses. You can go with the more fashionable lightweight metal frames for the office, and then wear your athletic glasses only on the field. Not only does this give you more options for different settings, it also means you always have a pair of back-up glasses if one pair breaks.
Tip #2: Consider goggles
Unlike traditional glasses, goggles have built in straps that ensure they remain tight to your face at all times. This is especially helpful in activities where contact can knock glasses askew, such as football or basketball. Water-tight goggles are also available, which work well for water sports like swimming or water-skiing. Goggles may not be necessary for low-contact activities, like jogging, although they are less prone to slipping.
Tip #3: Get polycarbonate lenses
Polycarbonate is one of the best options for sports glasses. This material is impact resistant, which means it won't shatter and cause injury and it is less prone to general breakage. It is also relatively scratch resistant and lightweight – both necessities when you are using them for athletic pursuits.
Tip #4: Consider your coatings
There are a variety of coatings you can have added to your glasses to make them more useful. Scratch coatings are a must no matter what type of sport you participate in. For indoor activities, this may be sufficient since you want a clear lens that won't lead to lost visibility. Outdoors, an anti-glare coating is a must, or if you participate in activities under stadium lights. You may also want to consider tinting if visual acuity isn't a major concern, such as for running or jogging.
Tip #5: Opt for full coverage and comfort
Dainty glasses aren't meant for sports. Choose glasses that fully cover the eye socket and extend out a slight distance to ensure you have the widest field of clear vision as is possible. The frames should have a comfortable nose bridge that is well-padded, as well. If you don't get goggle-style frames, add a sports band to ensure the glasses don't slip down your nose.
For more help, talk to an optometry office in your area, such as the Village Eye Centre.