Protective Eyewear takes center stage for a college basketball powerhouse

We all know sports have their safety risks. It doesn’t matter what level of play. For years, Dr. Taustine and the Taustine Eye Center have preached the importance of wearing protective eyewear in such high risk sports as field hockey. In fact, Dr. T. was instrumental in getting the state of Kentucky to require eye safety gear for high school field hockey players.
Somtimes a player sustains an eye injury but in order to return to the court or field, they must wear protective eye gear. It generally takes some time for the player to get used to the new equipment on their face. We witnessed a rare moment Saturday afternoon at Rupp Arena where college basketball power Kentucky beat Virginia Tech in a high scoring affair, 93-86.
In a previous game, UK’s point guard Quade Green was poked in the eye and his eye was swollen shut for a few days. The freshman was spotted during the week wearing sunglasses but both inside and out. When Green started warming up for the game, he was still wearing the Oakley protective sunglasses. These were certainly not the ‘rec specs’ we’ve seen basketball players wear in the past. He looked cool wearing them! Still most thought it would take some time for the player to adjust to the eyewear.
Instead the opposite happened. The point guard shot 50% from the field, scored 17 points (including 2-three pointers), to go along with 5 assists to only 1 turnover. After the big win, these sunglasses were the talk of the town. Scratch that, these sunglasses were talked about on SportsCenter after the game too. Green said in a postgame interview that the specs are here to stay. 

The Monday after the game the entire team and coaching staff decided to wear sunglasses themselves. Coach John Calipari tweeted, “In honor of Quade and how well he played with the sunglasses on Saturday, we’ve decided we’re going to practice the same way. We’re going to petition the NCAA to protect our eyes! Talk about a cool statement for protective eyewear!

(Image via @ukcoachcalipari)

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