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Ways to Protect Kids’ Eyes While Playing Sports

And smart ways to get their parents on board.

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IT’S ESTIMATED THAT 80 percent of eye damage occurs before 18 from exposure to solar UV radiation. As children play games, it’s necessary to protect their eyes from the sun and sport injuries. ECPs need to educate parents about the importance of protective eyewear for kids when participating in sports. For maximum protection and performance, Rx lenses ­— polycarbonate is preferred — can be inserted into a variety of sport-specific styles in a variety of youth sizes.

Ways to Protect Kids’ Eyes While Playing Sports

Wiley X

The Wiley X Youth Force line offers Rx-able eyewear for all types of sports.

(800) 776-7842, wileyx.com

Ways to Protect Kids’ Eyes While Playing Sports

Puma

Puma Junior Eyewear line.

(844) 790-9165, kering.com

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Ways to Protect Kids’ Eyes While Playing Sports

Oakley

The Rx Frogskins XS is especially engineered for young faces.

(800) 403-7449, oakley.com

Ways to Protect Kids’ Eyes While Playing Sports

Julbo

Little Heroes children’s line of Rx-able polarized lenses.

(800) 651-0833, julbousa.com

Ways to Protect Kids’ Eyes While Playing Sports

Nike Vision

The Nike Legend S, an 8-base sport wrap sunglass made with Max Optics.

(800) 645-1300, nikevision.com

Ways to Protect Kids’ Eyes While Playing Sports

Liberty Sport

The Sport Shift frame or goggle in the Patriot Collection has an RS 2.0 lens with FogBlok coating.

(800) 444-5010, libertysport.com

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Ways to Protect Kids’ Eyes While Playing Sports

Polaroid

Polaroid Kids sunglasses with polarized lenses for ages 4-12.

(800) 631-1188, safilo.com

Ways to Protect Kids’ Eyes While Playing Sports

Hilco

Rx-able swim goggle.

(800) 955-6544, hilcovision.com

Ways to Protect Kids’ Eyes While Playing Sports

Under Armour

The UA youth sunglasses with sport-specific Tuned technology designed specifically for baseball and golf.

(516) 576-9100, underarmour.com

Smart Ways To Sell Sports Eyewear to Kids

Audrey Nelson, VisionQuest Eyecare, Greenwood & Indianapolis, IN

Ways to Protect Kids’ Eyes While Playing Sports

We offer a range of sports sunglasses from Oakley’s youth line, sports goggles from Rec Specs and prescription swim goggles from Hilco. The most important thing our doctors discuss with patients is safety. For those kids needing active sunwear with or without prescription, the Oakley Prizm lenses are great. Only about 10 percent of kids who come into our practices wear a sport-specific goggle or eyewear so I think more education is needed for parents to understand that their children should have safety eyewear when playing sports. It also protects their children’s eyes from the sun.

Dr. Samuel Teske, The Eye Doctors New Tampa, Tampa, FL

Ways to Protect Kids’ Eyes While Playing Sports

We’re based in an area that is growing rapidly with a lot of young families moving in and getting their children involved in sports. I first make sure parents understand the importance of eye protection, especially in sports. The mother is generally the decision maker so I talk to her first to ensure she’s on board. I ask her “What sports are your kids playing?” “How active is the sport?” Depending on how aggressive the sport is, I determine if the child will need protective eyewear. Baseball, for example, is an active sport with a high rate of injury. I usually concentrate on those children who already have a prescription and choose ideal safety eyewear that can help prevent injury. I usually prescribe Rec Specs from Liberty Sport, which have an in-built shock absorber. I always pair them with a polycarbonate lens due to its shatter resistance and I like to prescribe Transitions lenses too.

Carol Gilhawley is a contributing writer for INVISION.

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