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Guide to Prescription Sports Eyewear

By VSP Vision Care

More than 45 million American children participate in sports1, and many need vision correction2. So to give everybody good reason to participate in sports, protective eyewear is also available with prescription lenses for those who need it.

Don't take a chance with your vision - instead, take the following steps to protect your eyes:

  • See your doctor for an eye exam and tell her about your athletic activities. She can give you a prescription for sport-safe eyeglasses or sunglasses as well as ensure your protective eyewear fits properly. 
  • Make sure to ask for shatter-proof frames and lenses.
  • Remember to protect your eyes from harmful rays from the sun. UV protection can be added to polycarbonate lenses, protective goggles, and sometimes lenses for your helmet.
  •  Lenses can be tinted a variety of colors to help enhance your performance whether you're a golfer, runner, or cyclist. 

Some companies are developing special products for the sports minded. For example, Nike offers performance sunglasses in prescription and non-prescription that feature customized fit, high-precision sport optics, and maximum vision clarity to help you get the most out of your sport.

Remember, you only have one set of eyes! Before you hit the field, make sure to put on your sport-appropriate eyewear, and then go have some fun!


Brought to you by The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), New York, NY. Material discussed is meant for general illustration and/or informational purposes only and it is not to be construed as tax, legal, investment or medical advice.

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