I am writing this letter to thank you and your company for assisting myself and a fellow member of our Board of Directors regarding the purchase of sports glasses for our children. I purchased a pair of prescription glasses for both of my sons and Glenn K.--Minors Division Commissioner, purchased a pair for his son. All of us were extremely pleased with the glasses and have put your company on our "recommended vendor" list for our organization. I personally want to thank you for being able to change my "middle" child's attitude towards sports glasses. He will not take the baseball field without putting them on which was not the case last season. He likes the style and fit and I like the fact that he can actually see the ball again, and for the safety factor, which was sorely missed last year.
Sincerely, Kevin T., President Williston Park Little League
Thank you for your prompt response to my order, and for keeping me informed on the status of said order. It is refreshing to receive that level of customer service from a website. I only mention that because on two occasions I have dealt with "sunglass" sites that have been less than forthcoming with information about my orders.
Sincerely, Chuck R.
Let me say right off the bat that I had serious misgivings about buying my Rudy Project Exception sunglasses on the Web and more so, because of the need for prescription inserts. However, after the first (of many) prompt and knowledgeable e-mail replies, I knew I had come to the right place.
Not only does SPORT EYES "get it" in terms of an easy-to-navigate and information-rich site --- the customer service is exceptional. I must single out Shannen in particular. She is a gem. Apart from her invaluable knowledge and insights, she exhibited Job-like patience in quickly and professionally replying to the torrent of e-mails from this yet-to-be-formally-diagnosed obsessive.
If SPORT EYES could come up with a way to bottle "essence of Shannen" and sell it to other commercial sites, it would give Internet commerce a major boost.I couldn't be more pleased with my glasses and SPORT EYES.
According to the National Society to Prevent Blindness, almost 7,000 injuries were found to be related to playing basketball. This only represents the injuries that were reported, so the number can be even more than that. Typically, the injury is sustained from a finger poking the eye. Injuries can be prevented through the use of sport goggles. These goggles not only provide protection from injury, but can also be fit with your prescription in them. Even if you need a slight vision correction, it will help you see the ball one second sooner, or help your aim by a fraction of an inch. Look for the following when selecting the right type of goggle:
Polycarbonate Lenses: This is the most important property of all protective goggles. Good polycarb is virtually unbreakable, and will sustain the impact of a ball or finger. 3mm polycarbonate is what is recommended for the ASTM safety standard. But there are also quality issues with polycarbonate. Low end polycarbonate will have a lot of distortion in the lens which may reduce reaction time. Look for higher quality, high end polycarbonate lenses to minimize distortion. Trivex or NXT based products can also be considered. Trivex has better impact resistance than CR-39 plastic (but not as high as polycarbonate) but has minimal distortion. In prescription, this is a great option.
Durable Frame Design: The frame must also be able to withstand the impact of a ball . Therefore, a frame made out of polycarbonate is the the best choice. Frames rated with ASTM F803 standard is the best option. This is a government sports safety standard that encompasses all ball/stick sports. This rating also ensures lenses are 3mm thick polycarbonate for the best impact resistance. A popular choice for basketball is also a shield design where the whole front of the frame is a lens made out of polycarbonate, with temples made of plastic or some other material. However, most shields do not meet the ASTM safety rating. Look for at least ANSI (military safety rating) standard for shields to ensure better impact resistance than just standard sunglass frames.
Coverage: The frame must cover the entire eye socket, not only the eyeball itself. Impact to any of the "soft" parts of the eye can cause serious damage. Look for a frame that sits closely to the face, as a finger can easily make its way through any gap. Shields can easily become dislodged so a finger can penetrate underneath. Be careful if choosing this option.
Padding: The frame should have padding at the temple points and bridge points to "cushion the blow". Padding will absorb some of the shock to lessen the overall impact, and to help prevent injury to the bone structure.
Sports Band: The frame should be secured by an elasticized band, not temple pieces. You want something that will be secured tight to the head so that it won't fall off. A frame with temples will not hold tight enough, and a jab from a finger could lift the frame off, and make its way to the eye. If temple pieces are used, strap should be used. But goggles with strap only are more secure than ones with temple pieces and then straps.
Lens Color and Coatings A clear lens provides the best visual acuity indoors. An anti-reflective coating can also be placed on the lens to absorb additional glare off the stadium lighting. A regular lens reflects 8% of incidental light, while an anti-reflective coating applied to the lens will allow 99% of the light to pass through the lens, giving the best visual acuity. The only downside to Anti-reflective coatings are they have to be kept fairly clean. This may inconvenient in a sports environment. A yellow lens can also be used to cut the glare of overhead lighting. However, the lens color will reduce visual acuity slowing down reaction times.
Prescription Lenses: Polycarbonate or Trivex lenses are the only materials that should be used for prescription lenses for safety reasons. Fogging is the most common problem associated with prescription lenses. Select a goggle that has good ventilation to control fogging. An Anti-Fog coating can also be added to prescription lenses only. This will help control fogging better than just spray or gel solutions do (although this is a less expensive option for those less prone to fogging).
Recommended Styles:Rec Specs and Hilco Sports goggles--meet all of the above requirements including the ASTM Sports safety rating, and can be fit with a prescription lens. Shields type designs these are not the safest type of frame as they can be easily dislodged and do not provide the same protection. Other good shields are from Numa, Rudy Project (tactical products) and Wiley-X and most of these can be fit with prescriptions as well. These at least meet the ANSI safety standard. Secure the frame with a strap.