You and your active child will discover high-performance vision protection with a pair of eyeglasses, sunglasses, or goggles from our Sports Eyewear for Kids collection. Classic rectangular shades with wraparound profiles and polarized lenses ensure optimal shielding from UV-rays on the baseball diamond, while impact-resistant eyeglasses with a head strap ensure crystal clear vision and a secure fit for your child on the basketball court. No matter the sport or activity, we have the perfect pair of athletic glasses or sunglasses in a range of price points and styles from top brands like Oakley, Wiley X, Rec Specs by Liberty Sport, and more to help your junior athlete protect their eyes without sacrificing performance or durability.
While the sports your kid plays will largely determine whether they need eyeglasses, sunglasses, or goggles, the best sports glasses for kids should be impact-resistant with shatterproof lenses. Popular brands like Wiley X and Oakley make sunglasses or eyeglasses that exceed or meet the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) ratings for impact resistance and durability, and are designed to ensure a snug, comfortable fit. Whether or not your child needs prescription lenses (and many eyewear styles can accommodate either type of lens), you can find the perfect pair of glasses or sunglasses to protect their eyes while they play their favorite sport.
Kids will need glasses for sports if they wear prescription glasses regularly, need sun protection while playing, or if the sport requires eye protection. Any sport which includes fast-moving projectiles that could potentially hit your kid’s eyes and damage them, or any activity where your child moves as the high-speed projectile (think horseback riding or mountain biking) should warrant protective sports eyewear. If your child needs prescription lenses to see, then investing in a pair of scratch-proof, shatterproof, and impact-resistant children’s sports frames is a must during any activity to both allow them to see and protect their eyes. If the sport involves time in the sun, then sunglasses are a great option to help protect against the sun’s powerful UV rays and avoid eye fatigue, strain, and burn.
When choosing a pair of sports eyewear for your kid, consider what their chosen sport entails and shop accordingly. Ski and snow goggles may be great on the slopes, or on the downhill trail, but will be too bulky and uncomfortable for the lacrosse field where a pair of Rec Specs from Liberty Sport would be a much better fit.
The two most important factors to your child keeping their sport’s eyewear in place are the fit and added features like lanyards, headstraps, and cords. The more comfortable a pair of kid’s sports eyeglasses are, the more likely your child is to wear them for the entirety of the activity, while a head strap can help your child, and especially your younger child, keep their sports eyewear in place during game play. Opt for styles in lightweight and adjustable materials with soft but grippy nose pads and earsocks to ensure your youngster enjoys a barely-there fit.
Yes! Most popular eyewear for children come with the option for prescription lenses. Other alternatives to prescription sunglasses for active kids include goggles with a larger profile to accommodate your child’s glasses underneath, or glasses with clip-on lenses for an easy transition to sunglasses for lower impact outdoor sports.
Yes. Many children’s sports eyewear styles are replicas of popular adult designs. For example one of Oakley’s most popular styles, the Flak 2.0 sunglasses, comes in both youth and adult sizes. Encourage your young athlete to sport shades or glasses identical to their favorite pro, or to their most important influencer, mom or dad.