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Sports Eyewear ThumbnailSports Injuries:

Some common eye injuries include:

  • corneal abrasion
  • damaged eye socket
  • hyphema
  • subconjunctival hemmorage
  • traumatic cataract
  • retinal edema

Ranking of eye injuries by sport

Each sport has specific eyewear that will help not only to enhance performance but protect you as well.

What is the difference between sports glasses/goggles and regular eyewear ?

There are many differences, the main one being there are stricter standards for safety. The safety standards for sports eyewear are governed by ASTM (American Safety for Testing and Materials). The frames must meet these guidelines and they vary with the sport played.

All frames have to be fit with polycarbonate lenses which are impact resistant and don’t shatter.

Some common features of sports eyewear include

  • temples and nosepads which have extra padding for comfort and preventing slippage
  • back safety lip grooves to provide lens retention
  • have designs with straps to allow wear with helmets in sports such as baseball
  • rubber eyecups that are removable and are vented to help natural airflow and prevent fogging
  • specialty performance tints for outdoor activities for low and bright lighting condtitions or to allow tracking of the ball.
  • photochromic tints that can change depending on the lighting condition
  • specific tints or coating for water and snow sports.