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Fun in the Sun with Sports Safe Eyewear

Drop by the busy office of VSP doctor, Edward Melman, and you’ll quickly understand why he loves to tell visitors: “We’re very serious about delivering high-quality eye care, but we also know how to have fun!”

Dr. Melman, an optometrist who’s been practicing in Voorhees, New Jersey for 26 years, is committed to helping young athletes protect their vision. In recent years, he’s become a spokesman for youth sports vision safety in his community—and has taken on the role of team eye doctor for the local Camden Riversharks minor league baseball team.

“One of the best things about summer is that kids can get outside and have some fun,” says the veteran eye doctor. “But it’s also very important for parents to ensure that their children’s vision is protected during summer-time sports activities.” Whether it's swimming, little league baseball, or pick-up basketball games, Dr. Melman has sports safety eyewear tips for kids and parents.

Dr. Melman’s key recommendations for fun in the sun are as follows:

  • Make children wear a vision-protecting batting helmet when hitting at the plate.
  • If a child wears contact lenses to the swimming pool, provide “one-day contacts” that can be thrown away daily; this will greatly reduce the chance of eye infection.
  • Young basketball players can get physical; encourage them to wear polycarbonate goggles to prevent abrasions on sensitive eye tissue.
  • Always make sure children have sunglasses rated to block both UVA and UVB radiation. 

Dr. Melman says he’s “extremely serious” about trying to make sure the kids in his community don’t join the ranks of the estimated 100,000 children who suffer sports-related eye injuries each year.*

Don’t wait to schedule an eye care appointment for your child. If your child is active in sports, be sure your family eye doctor is aware so he or she can offer personalized sports safety eyewear recommendations for your child.

*National Eye Institute