Protecting eyes from sports-related injuries must be a priority at every level of sport for both children and adults.
Here is the good news:
90% of sports-related eye injuries are PREVENTABLE!
Don’t let your athletes step onto the playing field without their protective eyewear. Injury to the eye is the leading cause of blindness in children. Sports eye injuries are easily preventable with the use of protective eyewear.
Spring sports are right around the corner. Since many athletic programs do not require participants to wear eye protection, it is important for parents and coaches to encourage safe practices so that everyone can enjoy the game for years to come.
What are the highest risk sports?
According to a study done by the National Eye Institute*, the sports with the highest rates of eye injury are:
Baseball/Softball: For children under the age of 14, baseball is the leading cause of sports-related eye injury. Whether at-bat or in-the-field, players need to have protection from balls in play. In fact, more eye injuries occur from batted balls, than from pitches thrown to a batter.
Basketball is a leading cause of eye injuries among 15- to 24-year-olds. Flying elbows can pack a powerful impact and are the cause of most of the eye injuries suffered by basketball players.
Other high-risk sports include:
- Boxing & Martial Arts
- Racquet Sports – especially racquetball and squash
- Hockey – injuries can result from flying pucks and high-sticking.
- Soccer – concussion risk as well
What’s the best eyewear?
Talk to our doctors about the best kind of protection for every sport. What works for kickboxing might not be right for ice hockey. For outdoor sports, tinted lenses also provide better vision and reduce glare – an added benefit!
In addition to making sure that the eyewear is sports-specific, be sure to have the right size and fit. A secure yet comfortable fit is important for the best protection.
If you child wears prescription glasses, those glasses may not provide adequate protection for sports. For the best protection, special impact-resistant, polycarbonate lenses are recommended. This material is 10 times more impact resistant than other plastics. Be sure to check that the eyewear you choose is approved for use for your specific activity.
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For more information on eye safety visit National Eye Institute website.