April is Sports Eye Safety Month, its important to know the whys and hows of how this month came to be. Sports Eye Safety Month came about from all those athletes that came before us and learned the hard way why its important to protect our eyes while playing or competing!

Sports Eye Safety Month History

Since the very first basketball made it into a hoop and the first batter hit what we now know as a homerun, the need for safety gear of all types became clear early on in the history of sports. Even as popularity soared, the dangers of sports were real, including eye injuries.

Fast forward to modern day, tens of thousands of sports-related eye injuries occur every year. And most of these injuries are preventable through the use of protective eyewear.

According to a recent Harris Poll, the majority of American adults are unaware how common traumatic eye injuries are while playing sports without eye protection. Why the large gap? Perhaps history is partially to blame. Eye protection has always been the final frontier of sports gear — even today.

Learn more about the History of Eye Protection in Sports here:


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Source: https://www.aao.org

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