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The crack of the bat, the pop of the ball as it is caught by the first baseman and the roar of the fans all conjure up images of days gone by with Americans’ favorite pastime: baseball. But with the excitement of hitting your first homerun or catching your seasons first fly ball come some risks to the players’ vision.

Those cowhide spheres are hurled at speeds equal to or greater than the speed limit of your local expressway. An errant throw or missed catch could spell serious vision impairment or loss.

Sports are the leading cause of eye accidents among children and adolescents. Did you know that eye injury puts a person at risk for developing eye diseases later in life?

This school year tens of thousands of youngsters will be hit in the eye by a ball or stick, suffering detached retinas, corneal lacerations, cataracts, hemorrhages, and even the loss of an eye. The most hazardous sports are basketball, baseball, hockey, football, lacrosse, racquetball, and soccer. Basketball carries the added risk of eyes being poked by fingers and elbows.

Each sport now has it own protective gear that does not interfere with performance. In the NFL and NHL, players use facemasks fitted with shields specially contoured to prevent eye injuries. Coaches, staffs, school administrators, and parents should work together to promote, or even require protective eye gear.


These special protective lenses should be placed in frames designed for sports. Standard eyewear frames are not designed to withstand expressway speedballs. Temple hinges can break and cause eye injuries as can the frame, which holds the lens in place.

Nobody knows sports vision like Vision Care Consultants. Our doctors have been the eye doctors for the Mizzou Tigers and for the St. Louis Rams football teams. Currently, we are the official eye doctors for the St. Louis Blues.

Our doctors know how vision affects all aspects of your game. So from the little leaguer to the major leaguer, if you really want to see an improvement in your game, make an appointment with the sports vision professionals whom the professionals trust. Contact Vision Care Consultants for information about specialty eyewear for all sports.



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Eyecare services are currently available for you, your children and family. However, please consult our Google Business page or call us for our current hours of operation. We want to advise you about the procedures and efforts that we are making to address the challenges regarding COVID-19/Coronavirus. (Read more)

Our efforts you can expect at our practice:

  • Staggered appointment times with minimal to no wait times in our reception area. Patients may also check in and wait outside in their cars to be called in for exam.
  • Following guidelines based upon medical evidence and closely monitoring the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Educating our doctors and staff on preventative measures provided by the CDC with daily staff meeting updates.
  • Increasing the frequency and extent of our cleaning practices, such as additional wipe downs of all hard surfaces including the front desk, examination rooms after every exam and additional cleaning for all “patient touch points” (door handles, eyeglasses, counter tops, and other high-touch surfaces).
  • Providing additional resources that are available to patients and employees including hand sanitizers, extra soap and paper towels at all sinks and restrooms.
  • Implementing heightened sanitation and hand-washing procedures for all staff.


  • Only bring scheduled patients to the office (1-Accompanied adult per minor or elderly patient).

  • If you recently traveled to any of the high risk countries within the past 30 days, please, delay & reschedule your appointment for 30 days after you returned from your travel.

  • If you have any flu-like symptoms (fever, chills body aches, & trouble breathing), please, delay your appointment for 30 days.

  • If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, and you arrive at our office, we will kindly ask you to leave & reschedule your appointment

  • Please notify us as soon as possible if you need to reschedule your appointment. This allows us to release your reserved time to another patient.

With appropriate precautions we will together address this challenge and modify behaviors that will make us better prepared to face such challenges in the future. Thank you for your cooperation.


Dr. Brawley, Dr. Friederich, Dr. Seibel, Dr. Wehner & Staff at Vision Care Consultants