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September Is Sports Eye Injury Prevention Month!

What is protective sports eyewear?


These are eyeglass frames or goggles specifically designed and manufactured to meet or exceed the appropriate United States impact protection standards.  All protective sports eyewear must also have polycarbonate lenses designed to withstand impact.


Will your child be the next statistic? 


A study by Prevent Blindness America showed that within one year, over 38,000 people experienced a sports related eye injury and needed emergency room treatment.  The highest rates of eye injuries occur in children between the ages of 5 to 14.  At times an eye injury may seem to be minor when actually it may be quite serious. Loss of vision, severe pain or tenderness and cuts around the eye require immediate medical attention.


If your child plays a sport that requires a helmet or faceguard, don’t make the mistake of thinking your child’s eyes are protected from injuries. Their eyes are still exposed to danger from sports equipment, or an opponent’s fingers penetrating the openings of a facemask. Even if your child wears glasses, everyday fashion eyewear may not protect them because fashion frames are not held to the same protective standards as regulation eyewear products labeled as protective eyewear for sports use. The lens in your child’s regular eyeglasses could easily pop out and puncture or cut the eye. A frame mangled from impact could also injure the eyes and ocular region of the face.

The good news is that you can help prevent your child from being sidelined or injured because of a serious eye injury. You can make the decision to protect their eyes, as well as the rest of their body, by adding protective sport goggles to their equipment bag. While sport goggles provide significant protection, they cannot be guaranteed to be unbreakable, nor can they guard against all foreseeable impacts. The good news is that a quality pair of sport goggles, equipped with polycarbonate lenses, can be sight savers since they keep the eyes and the area around the eyes safe. For kids who need corrective prescription lenses, your eyecare professional can make a pair of prescription lenses that fit into their sports goggle. Don’t wait for your child to become the next eye injury statistic.  Add protective sport goggles to their sports gear.



While school-aged children represent the largest segment of sports-related eye injuries, every athlete’s eyes are targets for an injury. Regardless of an individual’s age or skill level any athlete may suffer injuries as a result of aggressive play.