Optical Prism July/Aug Issue Vol. 32 No. 3 - Page 38

Game b y We s l e y B u t l e r F or children who wear prescription eyeglasses, enrolling in sports may seem like a challenge, especially if they’re wishing to play contact sports such as football, martial arts and rugby. The good news is they don’t have to feel limited because they wear frames. Children should not wear their regular eyeglasses while playing sports. This can pose safety concerns and can cause damage to the eye if a child was injured during a game. Regular frames are manufactured with stiff metal and plastic frames 36 O P T I C A L P R I S M | J U LY / A U G U S T 2 0 1 4 On that are only meant to correct while at school, at play, or during any nonstrenuous activity. Ordinary spectacles and contact lenses do not adequately protect the eye from impact or projectiles, and on occasion, can be more dangerous if the glass or contact lens crack. There has been a great deal of research and technology into developing sports eyewear that is safe, durable and lightweight. To accommodate young athletes, well-known eyewear brands provide sports goggles and safety straps that are relatively inexpensive. Get In The Action “One of the best frames for children participating in contact sports is Miraflex,” said Gail DeCaluwe, an optometrist at Loblaw Optical’s South Cambridge location. “The beauty is that the frames will accommodate any child’s eyes, since they’re only just developing. They are the sturdiest frames you can find when it comes to playing sports, including those that involve tackling and other forms of contact.” Miraflex also comes with safety straps that children can wrap around their heads. Not only does this ensure safety (so that glass doesn’t fly into a