SCHOOL sports involve a lot of rough and tumble, which presents a couple of particular dangers for youngsters who wear glasses.
The lenses might shatter, which is both a nuisance and a potential way for your child to injure themselves. On the other hand, you can’t just say, “don’t wear glasses during sports.”
Children with poor vision are better off wearing special sports glasses that not only protect visual impairments but also protect the eyes at the same time, opticians say.
Sports glasses have frames that are extra light and almost unbreakable lenses that are made of special plastics. If your child is wearing sports glasses, then get some special straps or an elastic headband to make sure they don’t fall off easily.
Unlike regular models, sports glasses undergo special tests that simulate an elbow strike or being hit with a ball, for example.
If they prove robust enough to pass these tests successfully, they should have a special sign on the frames, so shoppers can easily find them.
Most children can also wear contact lenses as an alternative and one advantage is that contact lenses do not restrict the wearer’s field of vision. Also, they are less likely to fog up or slip off the wearer’s face.
However, as a parent you will need to help your child when it comes to caring for and cleaning the lenses. – dpa