Fishing: A Dangerous Sport?

According to the National Eye Institute, sports and recreational-related eye injuries result in an estimated 100,000 physician visits costing over $175 per year in the U.S. alone. The Coalition to Prevent Sports Eye Injuries says that the following sports are considered a high-to-moderate risk of eye injury: basketball, baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, soccer, volleyball, water polo, football, air rifle, BB gun, paintball, boxing, martial arts, cricket, squash, racquetball, fencing, badminton, golf and fishing.

Edge Dakura Ballistic Polarized Safety Glasses with Copper Lens

Edge Dakura Ballistic Polarized Safety Glasses with Copper Lens

Fishing, really? Yep! In fact, injuries from fishing make up over 9% of all sports-related injuries. Of that 9%, a hook in the eye accounts for 38% of injuries and a sinker or body of a lure striking the eye causes 44%. (The majority of the remaining 18% come largely in the form of overuse injuries.) While the reason remains unclear, eye injuries from fishing have surpassed those from basketball as the No. 1 sports-related eye injury, according to Backcountry.com and the U.S. Eye Injury Registry.

Dr. Tom Parr corroborates this fact by noting that fishing has in fact become the most common cause of sports-related eye injuries seen in America’s emergency rooms. Dr. Parr further notes that According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), wearing regular sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses fails to provide enough eye protection to protect the eye from the impact of a flying fishing lure.

So how can these injuries be prevented? By wearing eyewear that is impact resistant. Models such as the following not only provide the ultimate in protection against flying hooks and sinkers but also protect eyes against 99% of harmful rays from the sun. These models have polycarbonate lenses and a wraparound style that provide full, impact-resistant protection.

In addition to protecting serious eye injury while fishing and providing protection against the sun’s harmful rays, polarized fishing sunglasses can also enhance visibility in all lighting conditions. For the numerous benefits they can provide, every angler should get Hooked on Polarized Fishing Sunglasses.

So, while fishing may not be the most dangerous sport for the body as a whole, the fact that a larger number of eye injuries come when fishing than when participating in any other sport, is certainly eye opening. Hopefully, this information motivates anglers to protect their eyes not just from the sun’s rays but from their own fishing gear as well.

Anchors Away – To Boating Safety!

The days are getting longer and the temperatures are getting warmer, and soon, some of us will have the pleasure of hopping onboard a boat. Whether she’s a small flat bottom boat or a stunning speed boat, safety must always stay on top of mind when out in the open waters. You want to have a fun boating experience, and safety tips like checking to ensure Sailingyou have the proper amount of fuel in your boat, as well as wearing Polarized Safety Glasses, keep you safe and grinning as you man your boat.

Tip #1: Have a boating license? A boating license is more than a sheet of paper – it’s acknowledgement that you are responsible enough to drive a boat, and that you know the boating safety must-haves. If you’re not driving the boat, make sure the driver does indeed have a license.

Tip #2: Check the fuel. Ever hop in your car without checking how much gas you have left? You’re excited to head out into the water, and after getting everyone onboard, it’s so easy to forget to check that you have enough fuel! Some boaters keep a checklist in their dock to ensure they don’t forget to check this very essential boating safety tip.

Tip #3: Consult the weather report. Ah, calm waters and not a cloud in the sky. Then twenty-minutes out, the raindrops start to fall and the thunder clouds roll in. The weather can be very mercurial, so take care to check the weather report before you head out. Smartphone apps make it even easier to do so these days.

Tip #4: Wear safety glasses. We’ve said again and again how important – yet easy to overlook – safety glasses are. It’s no different when out in the water. You’re boating at a nice speed, and although the wind rushing at you is a great feeling, it can always cause your eyes to dry or bugs, dirt, and water to fly up in your eyes, distracting you from driving the boat. Polarized safety glasses, like our Edge Dakura Polarized Safety Glasses, help you see more detail as you cruise along the water, without fear of bugs or water spraying up at you.

Tip #5: Take care with alcohol. Boating is great fun, isn’t it? It’s tempting to mix boating with alcohol, especially on innocent-looking lakes in the summertime. Yet, boating accidents dramatically increase when alcohol is involved. The smallest error in judgment can cause harm to you, your guests, and your boat. Save the alcohol for the dock!

The type of watercraft is no matter – simply being out in the water and safely enjoying the rush of the wind against your cheeks is one of our favorite parts of the summertime. As long as you are following boating safety tips, you can have an enjoyable boating experience. Know a boater in your life? Keep him or her safe by gifting polarized safety glasses, in exchange for a ride on the boat, of course!

Be Eye Safety Conscious: 5 Ways To Prevent Common Eye Irritations

We know to wash our hands frequently throughout the day to avoid germs and infection, but what about our eyes? We can’t exactly splash water in them every few hours, but if you’ve ever suffered from an eye infection, you know what a painful – and annoying – experience it can be. That’s why we want to help you understand five easy ways to prevent common eye infections. We’re the safety glasses experts, so we know a thing or two about what it takes to protect our eyes!

#1: Keep Pets From Licking Your Face

We know it’s so adorable to have Fido or Miss Whiskers licking your face, but those same “kisses” can result in an easy eye infection. You don’t know where your pet’s mouth has been, so play it safe and discourage your pet from licking your face. After playing with your pet, be sure to wash your hands so that you don’t accidentally touch your eyes.

#2: Avoid Chemical Or Dust Splashes

This is our specialty here at Safety Glasses USA, and you’d be surprised by how many people call us up to order a pair of safety glasses and explain that the eye infection or injury unfortunately came first – and now, they’ll always be wearing safety glasses. Safety glasses, like our Polarized Safety Glasses, are designed to look stylish and frame your face comfortably, but most of all – they go a major way towards protecting your valuable vision.

#3: Think Eye Safety At The Beach

You’ve got your sunscreen, bestseller, and beach blanket tucked away in your tote bag – but don’t forget to pack Safety Sunglasses! Don’t worry – these aren’t the clear goggles you had in chemistry class, they’re designed to look great on your face as you relax on the beach. It’s very common for a gust of wind to blow sand up in your eyes, an ocean wave to send salt right into your peepers, or the bright sun’s rays to weaken your vision. Safety sunglasses make the beach safe, and most importantly, fun!

#4: Office Desk Germs

A 2002 University of Arizona study showed that there were 100x more bacteria per square inch on an office desk than an office toilet seat. Just think about how many times you reach up to touch your eyes at work – all of that bacteria is now in contact with your eyes. Commit to being conscious of eye-touching, and keep anti-bacterial desk wipes on your desk to wipe your desk clean every morning and evening.

#5: Take Care With Contacts

You know how vital it is to take out your contacts before sleeping and to clean them regularly, but here’s a few additional safety tips that can make a world of difference as a contact wearer:

  • Applying eye makeup? Put your contact lenses on first, and use only non-allergenic makeup, like Almay or Clinique, according to AllAboutVision.com. Be sure to replace eye makeup about every three months.
  • When swimming or relaxing in a hot tub, take your contact lenses out right after and clean them. This prevents any bacteria from the pool or hot tub from staying on the contacts and coming into contact with your eyes.
  • Have some contact lens solution still in your case? Discard it! Always clean with new solution – never “top off” the solution already in there.

Eye accidents can always happen, but being cognizant on ways to protect our vision can make an impact on reducing common eye infections and irritations. Have you ever experienced an eye infection? What preventative measures would you have taken in advance?