As your child is getting ready for their soccer, football, tennis, or other sports season, it is essential to make sure they have all the equipment they need. One of the most important pieces of equipment your son or daughter needs in any sport is eyegear. Prevent Blindness has shown that over 33,000 Americans were treated for a sports-related eye injury in 2017 and the numbers have yet to go down. Up to 90% of those injuries could have been prevented with sport protective eyewear like Rec Specs. Don’t let your child be one of the statistics this year, get them fitted with Rec Specs.
Even if your child participates in a sport that uses face guards or helmets, they should still be wearing protective eyewear. A helmet or face guard does not guarantee that other children’s fingers or the smaller parts of equipment pieces will not get through its openings and to your child’s eyes, but Rec Specs can.
In addition, if your child already wears everyday glasses, those cannot be worn during sports. Fashion and daily eyewear are not held to the same defensive standards that protective eyewear is, meaning the frame or its lens is not meant to withstand a flying object and could break into your child’s eyes. Rec Specs are independently tested to meet or exceed ASTM F803 impact standards. Rec Specs are the second pair of glasses your child needs for their after school sports and play.
According to Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness, “Wearing eye protection should be part of any athlete’s routine, just as putting on equipment like shin guards, gloves, or a helmet are.” Eye injuries can occur within a blink, but the long-lasting damage and effects can be painful and irreversible.
Eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in the United States. Don’t let your child become a statistic and get them fitted with Rec Specs. Talk to your optician about getting your child protective eyewear before the fall season starts and check out our youth Impact eyewear line here: Rec Specs for Youth.