Dude 3 has been wearing glasses since kindergarten.
He has this one bum eye that we’re hoping corrects itself. Although, secretly, I kinda don’t care when it does.
Of course I want it to. Of course. Just not now. Maybe, like, in a year or two.
I know, I’m terrible, but this face…
In those glasses.
I die over his adorableness.
These glasses are not designed just to help him see the board at school, and they certainly aren’t just to make his mama sigh. They are a protective eyewear product that allow him to participate in sports and live his crazy active lifestyle without putting his eyes at risk for injury.
I know most of us don’t even think about eye safety when it comes to allowing our kids to be active. We insist that they wear other protective gear, but when’s the last time you or any mom you know yelled out the door to their kid on their way to practice, “Don’t forget your safety glasses!”?
Basically never I’m guessing.
I know for certain Dude 3 wouldn’t even try to get on the field without that mouth piece in or that helmet strapped on or that cup on his junk. Oh-no-he-didn’t-Mom would make a swift, possibly loud, appearance.
I know that. He knows that. Everyone at the field knows that.
Here’s something you need to know: kids need protective eyewear.
When it came time to get Dude 3 glasses, we got him some adorable plastic frames (just like Mommy’s!) and he attempted to continue to live his life the same as he did before glasses.
It immediately became apparent that the standard frames weren’t really a good fit for him.
He got hit in the face and left the field crying numerous times (note: he is NOT a crier). His glasses fell off and got kicked around at school during recess. Eventually he reached the point where he was going without glasses more than he was going with them because they were too prohibitive, and dang it, getting hit in the face with a basketball always hurts, but it hurts double when you are wearing standard glasses frames.
Rec Specs were our answer.
They are made with soft padding on the bridge to cushion against impact. The lenses are polycarbonate and won’t pop out easily to injure his eye or be broken. Plus, they can be strapped in place so they don’t get knocked off or fly off easily, allowing your kid to continue being a speedy little beast of an athlete.
Dude 3 wears his Recs Specs as his daily eyewear in addition to being his in game choice because he feels comfortable knowing that they won’t come off easily or hurt him if he plays his hardest. He also loves the cool colors (we have red and blue) and funky designs (his have a spooky skull, but you can get your team name and number if you want).
He feels so much happier in them and I feel like I’m doing a much better job of keeping him safe.
I know getting your non-glasses wearing kids into protective eyewear is a hard sell (even my older two don’t wear them all the time), but if you have a child who has or needs glasses, this is the perfect opportunity to invest in a pair that will add safety and comfort to their lives. Here are some things you should know about buying and using protective eyewear for your kids…
5 Quick Facts About Eye Injuries in Kids
- Over 600,000 eye injuries related to sports and recreation occur each year.
- Over 85% of children do not utilize protective eyewear when they should.
- Every 13 minutes a person with a sports related eye injury visits an emergency room.
- More than 90% of all eye injuries can be prevented with the use of appropriate protective eyewear.
- For children who wear glasses, regular eyeglasses do not provided needed protection for sports and recreation. In fact, they may actually cause your child injury if they’re engaging in these activities while wearing them.
To help one awesome, active kid experience the safety and comfort of protective eyewear, Liberty Sport and I are outfitting a kid in his or her own pair of Rec Specs!
You and your child can pick the style, the color, and the design (if you want one), and you can have their prescription put in with the assistance of Liberty Sport. The process is seamless and the result is amazing!
Disclosure: Dude 3 is a Rec Specs ambassador and receives complimentary eyewear from Liberty Sport.