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If you play sports, you should keep two things in mind related to your vision: protection and precision.

Sports lenses protect the wearer’s eyes. Sports such as tennis, baseball, softball, and racquetball may see ball speeds of 90 mph or more. In baseball alone, there are over 500,000 injuries per year! But that is not the most common cause of sports-related eye injuries. Most eye injuries occur in basketball, where an elbow or a finger jabbed into the eye can cause corneal abrasions, fractured bones, retinal detachments, or even blindness. Polycarbonate lenses are more resistant to impact than glass or plastic and offer protection for 90% of eye injuries. Protective eyewear fits well, features a padded bridge, has prescription or non-prescription lenses, and has deep-grooved eyewires to prevent the lens from falling out.

The specialized lenses also optimize your vision. Depending on your sport, certain lenses are more appropriate than others. Dark, UV protection lenses are great for baseball and other outdoor sports. Golfers can benefit from gray-brown colored lenses which make it easier to outline the course. Even if you do not normally wear glasses, non-prescription sports lenses can benefit your performance. Some people think that lenses prevent the wearer from seeing the action, but many sports lenses have anti-fog, glare reduction, and scratch resistant properties. Some are also designed to maximize peripheral vision.


Sunglasses, if manufactured correctly, can protect the eye from the harmful affects of Ultraviolet (UV) radiation. There are three bands of UV light: UVA, UVB, and UVC.

Ultra Violet light UVA rays are primarily absorbed within the lens of the human eye, though there are no documented disorders of the human eye from UVA, this still remains a much debated and researched topic.

UVB rays are the ones that burn the skin and can damage the eyes. Combined with cold wind and snow, UVB has the potential to cause snow blindness (photokeratitis), a temporary (lasting 12 to 48 hrs) but painful problem in the cornea of the eye. Some research has suggested that UVB exposure may play a role in the formation of cataracts.

UVC rays are of little concern since they are absorbed by the upper atmosphere and do not reach the earth's surface.

To best protect the eyes, look for sunglasses that provide at least 98% protection from both UVA and UVB rays. All sunwear carried by Scott P. Feldman, O.D. fit this requirement.


Sunglasses This is one of the most visible reasons why sunglasses (prescription and non-prescription) come in such a variety of styles. Many clothing designers and celebrities have their own lines of sunglasses, and Scott P. Feldman, O.D. carries some of today's hottest styles.

Many parents don't think about Children's Sunglasses, but experts say that sun damage to the eye is cumulative over a person's lifetime. Ask how to best protect your childs eyes.

For those with a more active lifestyle, there are sunglasses to fill your needs. With flexibility, durability and non-slip materials, many of these features can make all the difference.

Sunglass lenses come in a variety of colors, with grey and brown being among the most widely used. Make sure to try on sunglasses not only for fashiion, but for vision. Different eyes see better through different colors. Polarization is a filter that absorbs reflected light from horizontal surfaces. This makes your eyes more comfortable when driving, fishing and playing sports. Mirror Coated lenses can be very effective in very high reflective conditions such as snow skiing and water sports. It also plays a role in the fashion arena. Anti Reflective Coating is very helpful on the inside (concave) of the lens where reflection of the eye and images behind you can become a hindrance.