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Sports Eye Safety

September is sports eye safety month, and it's essential to take the necessary precautions to protect your eyes while playing any sport. Whether you're a professional athlete or just playing for fun, it's important to wear the appropriate safety gear to avoid eye injuries. Read on to learn more about how to keep your eyes safe while playing sports.

Eye-related sports injuries

When we think of sports injuries, we typically imagine bruises, sprains, and broken bones. While these injuries take the center stage, eye injuries account for a significant portion of sports injuries.

It is estimated that over 100,000 eye injuries related to sports occur every year. From these eye injuries, an estimated 42,000 are treated in the emergency room and 13,500 will end up permanently blind.

Surprisingly, 90% of these injuries are preventable with eye protection. This is why it’s essential to wear eye protection while playing sports.

How to protect your eyes

Regular eyeglasses and sunglasses do not offer enough protection from eye injuries. The materials are not durable enough to withstand impact. Always wear eye protection designed specifically for sports.

There are many types of protective eyewear designed for specific sports. These usually include safety goggles, faceguards, and specialty eyewear. Look for eyewear that’s durable and meets the American Society of Testing and Materials standards.

Identifying risk

Not all sports carry the same risk for eye injury. Eye injuries that require emergency room treatment are typically caused by balls, bats, and rackets. Here are some things to consider when identifying eye injury risk.

  • High-risk sports – High-risk sports are those where balls travel very fast and players are engaged in close contact. These sports include paintball, basketball, and hockey.
  • Medium-risk sports – Medium-risk sports have fast-moving balls, but players are more spread out, allowing more time to move out of the way. These sports include soccer, golf, and tennis.
  • Low-risk sports – Low-risk sports are those where projectiles or aggressive play are not involved. These sports include cycling, swimming, and track and field.

Eye protection for children

September marks the end of summer vacation and a return to school. A crucial component of school besides classroom learning is partaking in sports and other recreational activities. Unfortunately, thousands of children will suffer related eye injuries due to physical activities. Here are some helpful tips to ensure your child does not suffer an accidental eye injury.

  • Children should wear suitable eye protection when playing sports or partaking in other recreational activities.
  • Children should only play with age-appropriate toys and avoid ones with sharp protruding components or fire projectiles.
  • One should store cleaning supplies, sprays, and other household chemicals away from children.

Visit our optical

It’s essential to take the necessary precautions to protect your eyes while playing any sport. Most eye injuries are preventable with the proper use of eye protection. Make sure you visit our optical today so we can help you find the perfect pair of sports goggles or sunglasses for your needs. With our selection of top-brand products, you’re sure to find something that will keep your eyes safe while you play!

Reference: Sports-related eye injuries blind thousands of people each year. American Academy of Ophthalmology. (2014, March 31). Retrieved August 26, 2022, from


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