August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month and the start of the school year. Wearing protective eyewear is the best way to keep your eyes healthy and injury-free whether you’re on the basketball court, in chemistry class, or sitting by the pool. In fact, most eye injuries can be avoided by wearing the proper protective eyewear. Check out the activities listed below to see what protective eyewear you need!

Protective Eyewear

Do you play sports?

Wear polycarbonate lenses sports goggles.

Are you going for a bike ride?

Wear a helmet at all times. You’ll also need sunglasses or glasses with clear lenses to keep the wind and bugs out of your eyes.

Do you like baseball or softball?

Wear a helmet with a faceguard if you’re going to bat. Wear sports goggles when fielding.

Swimming or participating in water sports?

Protect your eyes from dirt, germs, bacteria, and pool chemicals by wearing swim goggles.

Are you spending time in the sun?

Put on your sunglasses. They shield your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can cause eye damage. Choose sunglasses that block 99% or 100% of the light.

Do you play paintball?

Wear your paintball goggles or mask at all times.

Do you enjoy ice hockey?

A face mask or polycarbonate guard attached to a helmet is required.

Do you play football?

Always wear your helmet with a face shield attached.

Do you enjoy lacrosse?

Girls require protective goggles but have the option of wearing full-face headgear. Boys must wear a helmet with a full face mask. Goalies are, too, whether you’re a boy or a girl.

Are you a fan of field hockey?

Goalies require full-face mask helmets. Sports goggles should be worn by all other players. Girls’ lacrosse goggles are also suitable for field hockey.

Do you enjoy racquet sports such as squash or racquetball?

Wear polycarbonate lenses sports goggles.

Is it time to mow the lawn?

Pick up any trash or debris that could fly into your eyes while mowing, and always wear safety goggles.

Chemicals being used in chemistry class?

Wearing splash-proof goggles or safety glasses will make you look like a true scientist. You can also wear these while cleaning your house.

Do you have a fence?

You must wear a wire mesh mask to protect your entire face.

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Source: nei.nih.gov

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