April is Sports Eye Safety Month. With the great spring weather and the ability to get out in public again, here are a few sports eye safety tips for keeping your kid’s vision safe while playing sports.

Why Do Your Kids need Protection?

Blindness from eye injuries are a leading cause of blindness in kids who play sports! The simple solution is wearing the right protective eyewear to help prevent sports related eye injuries.

Protective  Eyewear

Proper protective eyewear is made from ultra strong polycarbonate,  an impact resistant plastic that also protects eyes from UV light. Different types of protective eyewear for sports include safety goggles, face guards and eyewear designed for specific sports.

Using Protective Eyewear

Be sure to wear while practicing or playing sports such as:

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Fencing
  • Hockey
  • Paintball
  • Racketball or Squash
  • Mountain Biking
  • Fencing
  • Any contact sport
  • Any sport with flying objects or body parts

Many youth sports do not require the use of protective eyewear. Its important for parents, teachers and coaches to understand and know the potential risks and make certain young athletes us protection. Be sure you discuss sports eye safety tips with your kids and their teachers and coaches to make sure you are all agreed on the right eye safety plan!

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Source: https://www.nei.nih.gov

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