Summer Sports, Eye Health, and Safety.

June 18, 2024
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Keep Eyes and Vision Safe.

Summer is in full swing, and kids are excited to go out and play! Let’s not spoil the fun with an eye injury. Ensure that their eyes and vision are kept safe.

Eye injuries are a significant cause of vision loss in children. Did you know that some sports put your child’s eye safety at higher risk than others? According to the National Eye Institute,

  • baseball,
  • softball,
  • basketball,
  • tennis,
  • field hockey,
  • and paintball,

amongst other sports, can put kids at risk of a significant eye injury. Balls and equipment moving at a high velocity can increase eye trauma, pain, vision loss, or disease. High-contact sports carry similar risks.

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Three Simple Tips.

Doctor Van offers three simple tips for keeping your kids safe when they are out playing.

1. Eye Protection.

Ensuring that your child wears eye protection when playing their sport (or sports) of choice will help to keep their vision safe.

This eyewear could be sports glasses or safety goggles made from polycarbonate. It can prevent serious eye diseases such as retinal detachment, which could potentially result in vision loss.

These safety glasses can be fitted with your child’s prescription so they see clearly while being protected. Even with contact lenses, a pair of safety glasses is a good idea to keep them safe from a traumatic eye injury.

If an eye injury does occur, be sure to contact Van’s Eyecare right away. They can treat you quickly without having to visit the ER!

eye safety in summer

2. UV Protection.

Keeping your child’s eyes safe from harmful UV rays is always a good idea, especially in the Colorado Summer.

The lens of a child’s eye allows 70% more UV rays to enter it than an adult’s eye. The sun and UV rays can cause burns and even permanently hurt your child’s vision if you are not adequately protected, so wearing sunglasses can keep your child’s vision in tip-top shape!

Sunglasses should:

  • Block out 99 to 100% of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.
  • Screen out 75 to 90% visible light.
  • Have lenses that are perfectly matched in color and free of distortion and imperfection.
  • Have lenses that are gray or brown depending on the preference.

Be sure that the lenses your child is using are durable and made of a strong material like polycarbonate so that they can withstand the impacts associated with sports.

If your child needs vision correction, visit Doctor Van for an annual comprehensive eye exam. They can then have sunglasses made with their prescription. Or they can be fitted for a brand of contact lenses that offers UV protection—perfect for everyday use!

Swimmers: Your goggles, with or without prescription lenses, should have UV protection to shield your eyes from the sun and the glare of the water.

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3. Vision Exam.

To ensure your child has the best chance of enjoying sports and being safe when playing, take them to visit Ken Van Amerongen for their annual comprehensive eye exam! If a child is seeing everything clearly, the risk of injury is decreased.

Did you know that Doctor Van not only checks vision and offers corrective lenses as needed at Van’s Eyecare in Loveland, but he can also screen for over 270 diseases, keeping your young one healthy?

Van’s Eyecare can offer your child vision correction through stylish glasses or contacts that should be worn during play and regular life.

A visit with Doctor Van, your Loveland optometrist, is the perfect way to ensure the whole family can play all summer!

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