It s important to remember that eye injuries in sports are not only common, but they are potentially very serious.Wear appropriate eye protection, especially in basketball, racket sports, field hockey and soccer. In baseball, ice hockey and men’s lacrosse, an athlete should wear a helmet with a polycarbonate shield. Wear eye protection for all sports if you are functionally one-eyed, meaning one eye has normal vision and the other is less than 20/40 vision. Even a seemingly minor injury can actually be potentially serious and lead to loss of vision.

Key Takeaways:

  • The majority of childrens’ eye injuries occur during sports. It is necessary to protect one’s eyes.
  • There are several different types of eyewear available for sport play.
  • It’s also important to protect one’s eyes from the sun using sun-reflective gear.

“Investing in protective eyewear for sport can mean the difference between continued play and hospitalization. The cost is small in comparison to the precious gift of sight.”

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