The eyewear you need
Even if you're one of those fortunate people who doesn't need prescription eyeglasses to correct your vision, chances are you would still benefit from having other forms of protective eyewear around. In addition to prescription eyeglasses, there is a myriad of gear available to both enhance performance and protect your sight.
Sports can be tough on the body, and on the eyes. Thousands of sports-related eye injuries are reported every year, so it's worth investing in some protective equipment. Some sports, like skiing, are associated with well-known sport eyewear such as ski goggles. There are a number of other sports that also have specific eye protection, including skydiving, swimming, squash and racquetball. The goal of sport eyewear is typically to prevent physical objects from hitting the eye, and stop the elements (wind or water) from damaging the eye.
Many other sports, including baseball and cycling have adopted various versions of sunglasses or tinted glasses to reduce glare and UV damage and to provide the athlete with sharper, more accurate vision. Corrective eyewear can often be adapted into sport eyewear, providing vision correction and protection simultaneously.
Popular leisure activities can benefit from eyewear too: consider purchasing motorcycle eyewear, driving goggles or aviation goggles to seal out wind, dust and insects while driving or flying.
Keeping the eyes safe in sports is one thing, but a number of jobs require the use of special protective eyewear too. Like sport eyewear, these glasses and goggles are designed to keep physical materials out of the eyes. However, many of these workplace materials are often more dangerous than what athletes encounter. In the U.S., there are approximately 2000 eye injuries on the job each day. Workers may need protection from chemicals in liquid or gas form, flying debris, bright light from welding or infectious materials. Employers often supply specific protective gear needed on the job and it is essential that it is worn properly to prevent injury or disease.
Individuals working on and around their homes need to be aware of the risks and investigate the use of proper safety eyewear on their own. Safety eyewear is highly recommended for activities such as woodworking, welding, drilling or soldering. Some household chemicals are dangerous enough to merit the use of protective goggles as well.
The eyes are some of the most sensitive organs in the human body. During any sport, work, or activity where they are in danger, the proper eyewear can mean the difference between sight and blindness, in only the blink of an eye.