As the season began and spring sports got underway we shared the importance of outfitting your child with protective eyewear. Eye protection is extremely important in helping prevent the numerous amounts of avoidable, sports-related eye injuries. And even though your child may wear glasses or regular sunglasses they do not provide the right protection. A few things you need to know about choosing protective eyewear include:
- If your child wears prescription eyeglasses, ask your eye doctor to fit your child with prescription eye guards.
- Eye guards with polycarbonate lenses are the most impact resistant, so be sure you know what you’re buying.
- Choose protective eyewear with wraparound frames to help protect the eyes from all sides.
- Make sure protective eyewear fits properly. Most come with an adjustable strap to accommodate growth. If frames are too large, they won’t provide enough protection and could obstruct peripheral vision. If they are too small, they can be uncomfortable and make it too tempting to leave them off.
- Try on different types to figure out which will work best for your child, such as those with anti-fog coating, or side vents to prevent fogging.
- Kids grow quickly, so check the fit of your child’s protective eyewear at least once a year, more often if he or she has had a growth spurt.
Visit the Real Kids Shades website and browse through our selection of children’s protective eyewear.