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Play Sports? Prevent Eye Injuries.

April is Sports Eye Safety Month and we want to help keep this top of mind as you live your active lifestyles to protect those peepers.

Did you know that sports-related eye injuries occur most frequently in water sports, basketball, baseball and softball? And that eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in the United States, most commonly caused by sports-related activities in school-aged children.

These injuries can range from corneal injuries - scratches and lacerations on the surface of the eye. To potentially blinding injuries like an orbital fracture – broken bones around the eye. To a detached retina - when the light-sensitive lining at the back of the eye is pulled out of place. Issues can arise even after the eye injury heals like glaucoma, cataracts and retinal detachments.

Unfortunately, more than 100,000 sports and recreation eye injuries occur each year. The good news is that the majority of these can be prevented - with the use of appropriate protective eyewear.

Regular eyeglasses typically do not provide enough eye protection, especially based on the level of activity. Take these into account to avoid sport-related eye injuries:

  • Wear Safety Goggles – also known as lensed polycarbonate protectors. Most useful for racquet sports and basketball. Look for the label ASTM F803 approved – a must! Contact lenses & eyeglasses won’t cut it. These safety goggles should be worn over them.
  • Polycarbonate Face Shields – protect the kids in youth baseball by using batting helmets with polycarbonate face shields added.
  • Hockey Face Shields – play hockey? Make sure the helmets and face shields are approved by the U.S. Amateur Hockey Association.

Most youth sports leagues don’t require the use of eye protection. Which means it’s up to parents and coaches to look out for the kids and make sure they’re wearing safety goggles when they play. Protective eyewear made of ultra-strong polycarbonate is 10 times more impact resistant than other plastics, plus it does not reduce vision.

Stop in and get fitted for the appropriate protective eyewear for the sports in which you and your family participate. To schedule an appointment: