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Proper Eyecare and Eyewear Can Minimize Risk of Injury and Improve Your Vision and Your Game

PINELLAS PARK, Fla., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Sports enthusiasts -- athletes and spectators alike -- are beginning to spend more time outdoors this season on athletic fields, tracks and golf courses -- placing the eyes at great risk for sports-related eye injuries and potential damage from the harmful effects of the sun.

According to The Vision Council, each year there are more than 38,000 sports-related eye injuries in the United States, yet 90 percent of these injuries could have been prevented by taking proper precautions including protective eyewear. Protective eyewear is often comprised of lenses made from polycarbonate material, a type of plastic that is impact-resistant.

Beyond the physical risks of sports-related eye injuries, the invisible threat from the sun's UV rays can be just as damaging to the eyes. Photochromic lenses are an ideal everyday lens choice that is clear indoors and at night and automatically darkens outdoors to reduce glare and improve contrast -- protecting the eyes by blocking 100 percent of UV rays.

"In addition to the risk of eye injuries, many sports require spending extended periods of time outdoors -- placing the eyes at further risk for strain, fatigue and exposure to UV radiation -- which can make the eyes more vulnerable to conditions, such as cataracts and macular degeneration," said Larry Lampert, O.D., F.C.O.V.D. and sports vision specialist. "I recommend that my patients consider eyewear that offers protection from injury as well as convenience and visual comfort -- helping them to see their best and enhance their sports performance."

Dr. Lampert offers his top five tips to keep your eyes at the top of their game:

  • Visit your eyecare professional regularly to receive a complete examination and keep your eyes in top performing shape
  • Consider photochromic lenses, such as Transitions(R) lenses that are available in a wide range of lens designs and materials, including shatter-resistant polycarbonate to improve your vision and your game
  • Even when the weather is cloudy or cold, the sun's rays are always present. Always wear your protective eyewear outdoors to reduce glare and block UV rays year-round
  • Drink eight to ten glasses of water a day to hydrate the body and eyes
  • Maintain an "eye healthy" and balanced diet, high in beta-carotene found in foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes and leafy green vegetables

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About Transitions Optical, Inc.

Transitions Optical is a joint venture of PPG Industries, Inc. and Essilor International. The first to successfully commercialize a plastic photochromic lens in 1990, today the company is a leading provider of photochromics to optical manufacturers worldwide. Transitions Optical offers the most advanced photochromic technology in the widest selection of lens designs, materials and brand names.

Transitions(R) lenses are the ideal everyday choice for healthy sight. They are clear indoors and at night. Outdoors, they automatically darken as light conditions change. Transitions lenses provide visual comfort, and enhance visual quality by reducing glare and enhancing contrast, helping you to see better today. Transitions lenses block 100 percent of harmful UVA and UVB rays -- helping to protect the health and wellness of your eyes -- so you can see better tomorrow as well.

For more information about the company and Transitions lenses, the first to earn the American Optometric Association's Seal of Acceptance for Ultraviolet Absorbers/Blockers, visit or contact Transitions Optical Customer Service at (800) 848-1506 (United States) or (877) 254-2590 (Canada).

SOURCE Transitions Optical, Inc.
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