With thoughts slowly turning to back-to-school, parents are reminded to take precautions as their sons and daughters ready to make their return to the popular fall and winter sports. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Ophthalmology are both strongly recommending that protective eyewear be worn by all participants in all sports in which there is risk of eye injury.
“Among the popular school sports considered high risk when it comes to the potential for eye injury are basketball, baseball, softball, lacrosse, ice hockey and field hockey,” said Michael Tomasik, owner of Tomasik Optical in Orchard Park and Lackawanna. “Sports in the moderate risk category include tennis, soccer, volleyball and football.
“Student athletes who typically wear eyeglasses can lessen their chance of injury by wearing contact lenses while participating in their favorite sports,” added Tomasik. “A more cautious approach would be to obtain prescription or non-prescription protective eyewear such as sports goggles or “Rec Specs,” the first and only protective sports eyewear to receive the American Optometric Association seal of acceptance.”
Tomasik Optical, located at 1258 Electric Ave. in Lackawanna and 3800 N. Buffalo Road in Orchard Park, has been serving Western New York for 55 years. For more information on protective eyewear for athletes, please call the Lackawanna office at 825-7434 or the Orchard Park location at 667-0004, or email email@example.com. To schedule a back-to-school eye exam, please call the Orchard Park office.
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