There’s nothing better than hitting the court with a few friends and enjoying a quick three-on-three. But in a rowdy basketball game, it’s not just your reputation for three-pointers that’s at stake — it’s your eyes as well. In fact, basketball ranks worst
when it comes to eye safety. The National Society to Prevent Blindness estimates that each year, over 7,000 people sustain eye injuries while playing basketball. Most of these incidents involved a finger or elbow to the eye, and many put players in the hospital.
Upping Your Game
It’s not all about safety. Prescription basketball glasses can be fitted with your prescription, so they correct your vision while keeping your eyes safe and healthy. A properly-fitted set of glasses can improve your aim and help you keep your eye on the ball. If you need prescription glasses to read the paper or see the road, then why ditch them when you’re on the court? Effective eye protection could mean the difference between nailing a three-pointer or an air ball. Sure, you might get some teasing from your buddies on the court–but glasses didn’t stop Kareem Abdul Jabbar from scoring more points than any other NBA player in history and it won’t stop you, either.
What To Look For in Prescription Basketball Glasses
Every pair of prescription basketball glasses is a little different, so you’ll need to try on a few to see which ones best suit your needs. These days, basketball glasses boast high-tech materials, trendy styles, and comfortable fittings. Here are some of the features to keep an eye out for:
- Polycarbonate lenses: Virtually indestructible, these lenses are a must-have for every serious player. High-quality carbonate lenses minimize distortions while providing extreme protection from stray balls or elbows. You can opt for a clear lens for prime indoor visibility, a reflective coating to absorb glare from sunlight or bleachers, or even an anti-fog coating to keep your vision clear.
- Sturdy frame: All prescription basketball glasses should be able to withstand an impact from a ball. Aim for frames rated on the ASTM F303 standard, which ensures good impact resistance.
- Wide coverage: Make sure that the glasses cover the entire eye socket, not just the eye itself. Impact to any area around the eye can cause serious, long-term damage to your vision. You need a frame that sits close to your skin and conforms to the shape of your face.
- Sports band: Temple pieces just aren’t enough to keep glasses on during a game, and improperly secured glasses can do more harm than good. Choose glasses with an elasticized band that fits firmly around your head.
Of course, your prescription sports glasses should also be comfortable and give you a full range of vision, or else you won’t want to wear them very often. Thankfully, there are plenty of prescription basketball glasses on the market, and you can see a wide variety on display at our office. You’re sure to find one that keeps you on time of your game!
If you’re interested in finding some prescription basketball glasses to suit your style, just visit our office. Dr. Leonard can perform a comprehensive eye exam and fit you for a pair of glasses that meets your needs. We carry a full line of high-end prescription sports glasses, including Oakley–just call 818-891-6711 or make an appointment online.