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Do you play sports?

If you are involved in sports and normally wear corrective eyewear, you could be putting your vision seriously at risk.  According to Prevent Blindness America, over 40,000 people a year suffer eye injuries while playing sports.  Prescription glasses, sunglasses and even occupational safety glasses do not provide adequate protection while participating in these activities.  If there is impact to the eye when these everyday eyeglasses are being worn, the lenses can shatter, frames can break, and permanent vision loss and trauma can occur.  Sports safety glasses are designed so that the lenses, when impacted, can only pop outwards and not in towards the eye resulting in severe damage.

In July of 2006, it became the law in New Jersey that children who wear corrective glasses while playing sports are now required to wear protective eyewear.   This eyewear has to meet the standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials F803 and the American National Standards Institute Z87.1.  The sports that now require this protective eyewear are racquetball, squash, tennis, lacrosse, basketball, field hockey, badminton, paddleball, soccer, volleyball, baseball, and softball.  If a school sponsors these sports, community or government agency protective eyewear MUST be worn.

Because of the high number of preventable eye injuries, we have always recommended that you wear protective eyewear when participating in activities like karate, football, rugby and any activity that puts your eyes at risk of being hit by any other player’s body parts or fast moving objects.

At the office of Dr. Barbara Tarbell and Dr. Robin Greenfield, we care about the safety of your eyes and are dedicated to making sure they are protected. Since opening in 1992, we have upheld the highest standards, backed with a lifetime warranty on sports frames and a 1-year warranty on lenses.   We offer a variety of sports glasses and invite you to stop by our office to see the latest styles available, and discuss your needs with our optical staff.

We would like to be your place for obtaining sports eyewear!   We welcome your encouraging of players to wear these protective glasses.  Let’s make it “cool” to wear them as part of players everyday sports uniforms.  And, gain peace of mind knowing you have protected your and your loved ones most valued sense – your eyesight!

Should you have any questions please feel free to call  our office at 908-281-0800 for information.