43 percent of all sports-related eye injuries occur in children 15 and under. Eye injuries are a leading cause of blindness and visual impairment among children in the United States alone. Luckily, 9 out of 10 sports-related eye injuries can be prevented with the right protective eyewear.
What Is Protective Eyewear?
Protective eyewear is eyewear made of ultra-strong polycarbonate, a type of plastic that is impact resistant, which means it can take a hit and not break. They are also a more flexible material and protects eyes from ultraviolet (UV) rays. Types of protective eyewear for sports include safety goggles, face guards, and special eyewear designed for specific sports.
Most protective eyewear can utilize a child’s prescription, although protective eyewear is vital even for children with perfect vision. Safety goggles can usually be worn over a child’s regular glasses or contacts.
Different sports require different kinds of protective eyewear.
- For high-risk sports like baseball or softball, soccer, football, tennis, hockey, volleyball, or basketball, one-piece plastic sports frames with prescription or nonprescription polycarbonate lenses allow for clear vision and protection.
- For lower-risk sports like cycling or skating, look for strong eyeglass frames with polycarbonate lenses.
The Importance of Protective Eyewear In Sports
The main reason being, to protect your eyes from injuries. Injuries may include getting hit in the eye, getting jabbed or poked, or a flying object in the eye.
While children – and adults wear protective eyewear first and foremost to protect their eyes, doing so can also help your child have better all-around vision while playing sports. With protective eyewear, they can focus on the game and not be worried about getting something in their eye, or breaking or losing their regular frames or contact lenses. Sport goggles allow their peripheral vision to be clear and can help increase their hand and eye coordination.
Start protecting your child’s eye from sports-related eye injuries and give them better vision while playing, by contacting Professional VisionCare today!
At Professional VisionCare, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 614-898-9989 or book an appointment online to see one of our Lewis Center eye doctors.
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