Kids and Sports
Choosing eyewear correction for sports
Traditional glasses are not appropriate for sports.
Sports goggles or contact lenses are the best solution for sports.
Don’t forget prescription swimming goggles are available from £35 as well.
1) Sports goggles
Children can easily be put off by the thought of wearing goggles for the fear they will ‘look strange’ when they participate in their sport, although they are quickly becoming more accepted part of the sports, as head protection has become the norm in cycling, cricket and rugby.
Sport is the largest cause for serious eye injury admissions into hospital.
Sport goggles must be properly fit to the individual wearer. This is particularly important with children, because the normal temptation is to purchase a larger goggle than is needed today so the youngster has “room to grow.”
Some growing room is acceptable, and sports goggles are made to be somewhat flexible in their width adjustment. But if the frames are too large and don’t fit properly, the amount of protection they provide will be compromised, increasing the risk of eye injury. It’s a risk not worth taking.
Sports googles have had a revamp in recent years with much more fashionable designs.
To see a selection of some available safety goggles please use the links below.
2) Contact lenses
Be free from glasses, it is never too young to start wearing contact lenses. We are happy to fit kids with contact lenses from 8 years of age.
Contact lenses have many advantages over glasses for sport, not just from the practical point of view but for visual reasons too.
They provide natural vision with a wide field of view, the size of viewed objects is more constant with contact lenses providing a ‘real-world’ view with fewer minification / magnification effects.
Contact lenses are not affected by rain or fogging and many contact lenses provide U.V protection.
There will be improved binocular vision due to due to less magnification difference between eyes. Contact lenses will eliminated distracting reflections and there will be fewer distortions as contact lenses move with the eyes so the centre of the lens is always in the line of sight.
To Learn more about Kids/Teens and contact lenses please visit this page.
If you would like a free contact lens trial for your child please ring 028 71345891 or use our contact us page.