Eye Protection Now that Spring has Sprung!
Most eye injuries are preventable. Simply wear the right kind of safety glasses during risky activities. If you wear eyeglasses, know that they don’t protect your eyes from impact, debris or damage. In fact, some glasses can shatter if damaged, causing even more eye injury. Protective eyewear should be made from polycarbonate material. Polycarbonate lenses resist shattering and can provide UV (ultraviolet light) protection.
Proper Eye Protection Depends on the Situation
The type of eye protection you need depends on what you are doing. Safety glasses used at home should meet the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards. For many work situations, that same protection is enough, but there are important exceptions. Sports eye protection should meet the specific requirements of that sport.
Eye Protection at Home: Safety Glasses, Goggles and Other Protective Eyewear
Every household should have at least one pair of ANSI-approved protective eyewear. You should wear it when doing projects or activities that could create a risk for eye injuries at home.
Choose protective eyewear with “ANSI Z87.1” marked on the lens or frame. This means the glasses, goggles or face shield meets the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z87.1 safety standard. You can buy ANSI-approved protective eyewear from most hardware stores nationwide.
You should use eye protection if the activity involves:
- Hazardous chemicals or other substances that could damage your eyes upon contact
- Flying debris or other small particles that could hit participants or bystanders
- Projectiles or objects that could become projectiles and fly into the eyes unexpectedly
Bottom line: use common sense, especially if there are children around. You should protect them and set an example by making a smart choice.
Protect Children from Eye Allergies by Encouraging Physical Fitness
Eye injuries can happen in almost any sport, but some sports are higher risk than others. Basketball causes most sports eye injuries in the U.S., but spring sports such as baseball and softball also cause eye injuries. Other sports that put eyes at risk are airsoft rifles, pellet guns, racquetball and hockey.
Protective sports glasses with shatterproof plastic, called polycarbonate lenses, should be worn for sports such as basketball, racquet sports, soccer and field hockey. Choose eye protectors that have been tested to meet the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards or that pass the CSA racquet sports standard. Read the American Academy of Ophthalmology full guidelines about protective eyewear for sports and activities for additional details.
Spectators at sporting events should also be careful. Balls, bats, and players can end up in the stands at any time. Keep your eyes on the game and watch out for foul balls and flying objects.
Meet Our New Optical Manager: Christine Pfeiffer
Please welcome our new Optical Manager, Christine Pfeiffer, who joined our team in March 2023. We are so fortunate to have Christine, as she brings with her 24 years of experience in vision care!
Christine says she most enjoys working with patients “to bring them the vision and styles they want and need.” She recommends that patients work with caring, experienced opticians to ensure their eyewear needs are met.
“Here at The Optical Shoppe, you can rely on us to help you choose the best frames and lenses for your specific lifestyle and vision needs,” Christine said.
She lives in Great Meadows, NJ with her husband ant two golden doodles. Christine enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking and spending time with family.
What Are You Reading These Days
We’ve noticed that many of our patients enjoy reading a good book. We’re collecting recommendations for a “good read,” and we will be sharing them every month in our newsletter.
Below are reading recommendations for April 2023.
Have a reading recommendation? Email it to our Newsletter Editor.
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