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April is Sports Eye Safety Month

Cargo Eye Care Has Your Athlete Covered

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than 40 percent of eye injuries that occur every year are related to sports or recreational activities. Basketball, baseball and softball accounted for almost half of all those injuries. If you’ve ever played basketball, you might not be surprised to learn that it was the leading cause of injury in male youth athletes, followed by baseball. Softball was the leading cause among female youth athletes.

So you have a little one in sports? In support of Sports Eye Safety Month in April, Cargo Eye Care of Las Colinas is offering athletes of all ages guidance on how to best protect their eyes from injury. Sports-related injuries can range from corneal abrasions and bruises on the lids to more serious, vision-threatening internal injuries, like a retinal detachment or even internal bleeding. 

Did you know: About one out of three sports-related eye injuries happen to kids. But the good news is that simply wearing protective eyewear can prevent about 90 percent of eye injuries. 

Five Simple Tips to Protect Your Vision

  • Choose the right eye protection: For basketball, racquet sports, soccer and field hockey, wear protection with shatterproof polycarbonate lenses.
  • Put your helmet on: For baseball, ice hockey and lacrosse, wear a helmet with a polycarbonate face mask or wire shield.
  • Toss old gear: Eye protection should be replaced when damaged or yellowed with age. Wear and tear may cause them to become weak and lose their effectiveness.
  • Glasses are not enough: Regular prescription glasses may shatter when hit by flying objects. If you wear glasses, try sports goggles on top to protect your eyes and your frames.
  • Know the standards: Choose eye protection that meets American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards.

Sight Solutions for Every Athlete

Have a student-athlete living in your home? We can make sure they’re seeing clearly and staying safe on the court or field. Shop our large collection of sports sunglasses or prescription sports goggles. Or perhaps you have an older (mature) child who may be ready for contact lenses. We have occasional-wear contacts options that can help him or her ease into the responsibility of proper contact lens use. 

Selecting lenses and frames is a very personal choice. At Cargo Eye Care of Las Colinas, we know that making a decision about eyewear goes beyond good vision. From lens coatings and materials to frames and styles for different purposes, all the choices can make the selection experience daunting – without the right guidance. Cargo Eye Care makes the process easy!

Our experienced optical team can help you and your child narrow down the choices (there are SO many!), to find the look, fit and functionality you want. Schedule an appointment today!