Who Is At Greatest Risk For Eye Injury?

Raquetball_PlayerAlmost half of the 2.5 million eye injuries reported annually occur in individuals ages 18-45. The second largest age group (25%) receiving the most eye injuries are children. Even more specifically, older teens and young adults in their late twenties present the highest numbers within these groups. Of the total number of injuries, 73% of them are received by males.

Older teens and young adults receive the majority of their eye injuries from sports. The rate of injury for this group when playing sports is highest in sports like basketball, football, soccer and leisure sports (golf, tennis, bowling, etc.). Fighting and typical horsing around account for a portion of eye injuries in this age group as well. In addition, older teens generally tend to fail to pay attention to printed warnings about potential eye injury.

In addition to eye injury from sports and horsing around, young adults also receive many of their eye injuries from yard work, flying particles in a work area and from chemicals. Eye injury for women in this group also often comes from mascara wands and scratches from fingernails. In addition, young adults receive a number of eye injuries from exploding grills and fireplaces as well as from fireworks.

Older adults do not escape eye injury by any means with nearly 27% of injuries reported annually being received by individuals 46 and older. Much of the same causes of eye injury in individuals below 46 result in eye injury for those over that age, just not as many. Perhaps this is because caution increases and activity decreases with age, at least for some individuals.

There is one factor that remains constant throughout age groups and regardless of type of injury. And that factor is that the majority of ALL of these eye injuries can be prevented. The single best way to prevent eye injury, regardless of age and activity, is by wearing protective eyewear. In fact, 90% of eye injuries are preventable by wearing protective eyewear.

Fortunately, a plethora of options exist to fit every age and activity, which means few excuses exist for not wearing protective eyewear in any and every situation. There is sports eyewear, over-prescription eyewear, safety sunglasses, shooting glasses and Rx ready eyewear. Safety eyewear even exists specifically made for women and children.

For individuals needing safety eyewear for multiple situations, there’s convertible safety eyewear and multi-lens safety eyewear too. From motorcycle eyewear to safety goggles, the options available really eliminate excuses that sometimes seem to cross age and gender lines.

Eye injury, while more prevalent in some age groups over others, really does not have an age or gender bias. For this reason, both men and women regardless of age can do the one thing that will start to reduce that 2.5 million eye injuries per year… wear protective eyewear!

12 Important Tips for Choosing the Best Hunting Eyewear

Edge Dakura Camouflage Safety Glasses

Choosing the right safety glasses, like the Edge Dakura above, can increase your shooting accuracy while protecting your vision.

Protective eyewear worn while hunting can not only prevent eye injury, it can also increase a hunter’s shooting accuracy. When hunters choose safety glasses, they must consider first the safety features for ultimate protection and then look to options that can help increase their chances of making an accurate shot.

All firearms recoil to some extent, and hunting activities usually take place outdoors where wind, sun, dust & other debris can be a factor. In addition, hunting rifles are held on the shoulder and handguns are only an arm’s length away placing both within close proximity to the face. For these reasons, quality, protective eyewear makes sense for hunters. Tips to help hunters choose the best safety glasses to protect their eyes while hunting include the following:

  1. Choose wrap-around shooting glasses to keep out wind, dust, and shotgun pellet ricochet as well as to protect against scratches from brush while walking in the woods.
  2. Make sure lenses are shatter resistant.
  3. Look for styles with UV protection, especially when hunting in bright light.
  4. Consider styles that have special padding on the frame of the eye for protection in case the gun recoils too far.
  5. Look for frame styles with a “sweat bar” to add stability and ensure a more secure fit.
  6. If glasses do not have anti-fog technology, carry an anti-fog spray or cloth with you. Changing temperatures along with the exertion of the hunt can cause glasses to fog up and impair vision.

In addition to protecting the eyes while hunting, the right safety glasses can also enhance a hunter’s vision and increase shooting accuracy. Choice of lens color can help increase contrast and improve clarity, and some safety glasses come with interchangeable lenses of various colors. Use the following guidelines when choosing lens color:

  1. Yellow and orange lenses block haze and blue light and enhance the orange color of the target.
  2. The brighter yellow the lens, the better for seeing in low contrast and near-dark settings.
  3. A light purple color is good for enhancing the orange of a target against a background of trees.
  4. Vermillion helps in situations where there is a varied background, such as with trees, to help the target stand out.
  5. Gray lenses help wearers see targets exactly as they are. While gray lenses do not enhance the target, they do help reduce glare from bright sunlight.
  6. Polarized lenses reduce glare and enhance outdoor vision.

Good vision is a key to becoming a skilled hunter. Proper eyewear will not only protect hunters’ eyes, it can also enhance a hunter’s ability to spot wildlife as well as increase the ability to make a terrific shot. Taking the time to choose proper eyewear before going hunting can pay big dividends later through the protection of a person’s eyesight and the thrill of victory resulting from a successful hunt.

Sources: www.marksoutdoors.com/listen; www.prweb.com; and www.allaboutvision.com

Understand Your Shooting Safety Glasses Lens Color Options

Shooting Glasses

Choosing the proper lens tint can help improve your accuracy.

If you’re a shooter, you already know that shooting safety glasses are an absolute necessity every time you hold a gun, whether it’s at the shooting range, in the field, or as part of your job. There’s no mystery surrounding why shooting glasses are a critical accessory – your eyes are precious, and you need to protect them. Yet, there can be some mystery around the many lens color options you have to choose from for your shooting safety glasses. All of the glasses in our shooting glasses section are ANSI Z87.1-2003 certified, so does it really matter whether you choose amber versus gray lenses?

Oh yes, it does! Different safety glasses lens colors enhance your vision in various lighting conditions, helping you see with more clarity and accuracy – two characteristics that every shooter needs. Let’s break down your shooting glasses lens color options:

Yellow/Orange Shooting Glasses: Yellow and orange tinted safety glasses, like our Edge Dakura Yellow Safety Glasses, tend to block out “blue light”, such as light on a cloudy day, but bring out the orange color of a practice target. These colors tend to create a more detailed line of vision, helping you to better perceive depth, and thus improve accuracy.

Amber Shooting Glasses: Amber lenses, including our Crews Storm Amber Safety Glasses, are a very popular lens color, and they work best in low light, cloudy days. The amber tint creates exceptional contrast between colors, helping the orange of the target stand out to you, even on those dreary days.

Purple/Blue Shooting Glasses: If you’re at a shooting range with a backdrop of beautiful trees around you, you’ll want the help of a purple or blue safety glasses tint, such as our Edge Dakura Blue Safety Glasses. These colors help improve contrast, particularly against greens (trees/grass) and oranges (the target), keeping your eyes focused on the target, and only the target.

Brown Shooting Glasses: Many hunters and shooters prefer brown lenses, such as the ones found in our Wiley-X Jake Brown Safety Glasses, as they call attention to orange targets. They work best in fields or other open areas, and particularly in bright sunlight.

Gray Shooting Glasses: Gray is the “all around” color – gray safety glasses, like those in our Bobster Ballistic Safety Glasses section, reduce the amount of light around you, allowing you to see a balanced tone of color. It’s ideal for bright conditions, and helps you get a level sense of contrast and depth.

Which shooting safety glasses lens color is ideal for you, and why? Every shooter has their preferred color they feel most comfortable with and would recommend, and we’d love to hear from you on the lens colors that work best for your shooting conditions. Start taking notice of the different lighting and landscape conditions around where you shoot, and match these characteristics up to the lens color that would be just right for you.