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Spectacles for sport and work

Spectacles for Sport
Whether your golfing or skiing, climbing, biking, fishing or hiking there is a frame style to suit - with a wide range of lenses which are interchangeable with the conditions:

  • Dark lenses for sun & skiing
  • Polarised lenses for fishing or driving
  • Enhancing lenses for changeable light conditions - racing through forests etc.

Don't let your eyewear hamper your game. If you're vision is affecting your favourite hobby contact us, we may just have the answer.

Spectacles and sport

There are so many sports and so wide a choice in spectacles that there’s no one answer to issues about sport and eyewear. In some cases, protecting your eyes is paramount; in others you may need to see through glare and reflections meaning that technical issues predominate. Sometimes, it’s essential to have specially designed, sports-specific eyewear.

When protecting your eyes is the issue, your lenses need to be as resistant to impact as possible and no lens offers better protection than Polycarbonate or Trivex. It gives all the benefits of optical-grade plastic in a near-unbreakable lens; in fact, Polycarbonate or Trivex is so strong that the material is often used in bulletproof screens. Polycarbonate or Trivex lenses are also very light and thin, so making them excellent for everyday wear.

Where glare and reflections present problems, two products can give the answer. Polarising lenses cut through the reflections on water for example to enable anglers to see what’s beneath the surface. They also make excellent general-use sun spectacles and are available in single vision and Varifocals.

Varifocal wearers should consider Varilux Sport, which gives excellent dynamic vision, for tracking a ball for example, as well as the widest possible vision from arm’s length to the far distance - perfect for golfers.

Anti Reflection treated lenses virtually eliminate reflections on your lenses. Left untreated, such reflections can be distracting and furthermore reduce visual contrast, making it difficult to track a fast-moving ball, especially under floodlights.
If swimming or shooting is your game, you may need specialist eyewear.

Prescription swimming goggles are relatively inexpensive and for contact games, sports goggles may be the answer. For snooker or shooting, there are frames that deal with the unusual positions your sport requires of you.

Please come and talk to us about your options. The right eyewear can lessen even the trickiest problems.

Ski-ing and your spectacles

If ever you’ve skied or snowboarded in the mountains, you’ll know just how much it’ll take out of your leg muscles but the effect on your eyes can be just as powerful.

Mountain areas contain much more ambient UV radiation than elsewhere which can cause temporary ‘snow blindness’ or in the longer term leave you facing cataract surgery.

Most people take some tumbles when they ski so you’ll need tough, resilient frames and lenses. Polycarbonate or Trivex lenses are virtually unbreakable and filter out all harmful UV radiation. They can be tinted to make them excellent sun and ski lenses.

An alternative is Polarising lenses that cut through reflected glare and make excellent all-purpose sunglasses.

Some people prefer wraparound sun spectacles, as they stop UV getting in from the side. If you need prescription lenses you don’t have to miss out, as there are single vision and Varilux lens options available. Just ask us for details.

What are the most common types of sports-related eye injuries?
Common types of eye injuries are blunt trauma, penetrating injuries and radiation injury from sunlight.

Blunt trauma occurs when something hits you in the eye. Blunt trauma causes most sports-related eye injuries. Some serious examples are an orbital blowout fracture (a broken bone under the eyeball), a ruptured globe (broken eyeball) and a detached retina (the part of the eye that is sensitive to light and helps you see). Bruising of the eye and eyelid (a ‘black eye’) looks bad but usually is a less serious injury.

Penetrating injuries occur when something cuts into your eye. These injuries are not very common. You can get a penetrating injury if your eyeglasses break while you are wearing them, if another person's finger scratches you in the eye, or if a fishing hook gets caught in your eye. Penetrating eye injuries range from mild to deep cuts.

Radiation injuries are caused by exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun. These injuries are most common in sports such as snow skiing, water skiing and other water sports.

Eye safety

DIY causes thousands of eye related injuries a year.

Flying objects such as wood chips or shards of metal often causes injuries and a good defence against these is a pair of safety goggles. Goggles aren’t expensive and to be sure that they’re also effective, check that they conform to European Standard BS EN 166. If you’re welding, wear a full-face mask and goggles with the British Standard number BS 1542.

Every year, thousands of workplace eye accidents are reported to the Health and Safety Executive, and some of these involve loss of sight.

No matter where you work, your employer should inform you of any safety issues and procedures. This isn’t just in your interests; it’s also in your employers’ - the minimum compensation payout for the loss of sight in one eye is around the £100,000 mark. Some jobs require you to wear protective equipment such as goggles, which your employer should provide. Make sure you wear them.

Other occupational risks to eye health are less obvious. For example, prolonged use of a computer screen can result in what has become known as computer vision syndrome (CVS). The symptoms of CVS – eyestrain, double vision, temporary shortsightedness and visual fatigue – are not thought to cause lasting damage, but they are preventable.

Sport is now the biggest cause of hospital admission for serious eye injury in the UK. When objects move at speed, the eyes become vulnerable, and this is particularly true of certain sports. Racket sports in particular account for thousands of eye injuries a year. In fact, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents estimates that squash balls alone are responsible for 2,000 hospital admissions in the UK each year because of it's size it can fit directly into the orbit of the eye while squash rackets account for around 2,400.

The answer is to wear protective sports goggles, which are available Stephen Bye Opticians. They may look and feel odd at first, but you soon get used to them and they’re a growing trend, as more and more people are realising how much sense it makes to shield their eyes from projectiles travelling at 150kph!

Safety eyewear
We provide a complete Safety eyewear service, which can be tailored to meet the requirements of employees. The range of protective eyewear includes Plano and prescription spectacles, overspecs and safety goggles.

All the safety spectacles we provide are from a registered ISO 9002 company, are manufactured to BSEN166 (BS2092) standards and carry Kitemark and CE Mark accreditation.

Display Screen Equipment
Following the Display Screen Equipment (DSE) regulations of 1992 employers are required to make available to VDU users an appropriate eye examination. They should also provide corrective spectacles to those employees needing them specifically for VDU use.

Computers affect nearly everyone’s life today, both at work and at home. We work, shop, communicate, entertain ourselves on our computers in ways that hadn’t even been thought of just a few years ago. Most people have embraced the opportunity and learnt new ways to make the most of it.

Sadly, our eyes can’t be as flexible. We’re making demands on our sight that it can’t always cope with and the result can be tired, stinging, red eyes and sometimes, headaches too.

We can do much to help ourselves by adjusting our seating position and monitor to make our lives easier but we can help a great deal more by wearing appropriate spectacle lenses.

We can now offer a Varilux lens that has been specifically designed for computer users. Conventional varifocals are designed for ‘everyday’ use, with a wide distance vision area. But computer wearers have a much greater need for arms’ length vision, which needs to be as wide as possible to cover the entire width of the monitor screen. Varilux Computer gives the widest-possible arms’ length vision, so your eyes have to work less to see more.

We also offer an alternative for single vision wearers with Anti-Fatigue lenses. Our eyes are continually adjusting between near and arms’ length vision (it’s called accommodating) and they can become very tired as a result. Anti-Fatigue lenses offer support with that accommodating by being slightly stronger towards the bottom of the lens.

It’s a small difference, but a great help to your eyes, so they’re far less likely to get tired. In tests, 70% of wearers said they preferred them to their previously favourite correction.


Stephen Bye Opticians
30 Manchester Road
BB11 1HH

If you would like to find out more about our workplace and sports eyewear call 01282 422627

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