Sports Eye Safety Month
Do you enjoy playing sports? Have you’ve ever encountered a close call with getting hit in the eye or receiving a blow to the eyes?
If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of the questions posted above, it may be time to consider purchasing protective eyewear for playing sports.
Based on a study done by the American Academy of Ophthalmology there are more than tens of thousands of sports and recreation-related eye injuries each year. On a positive note, 90% of these eye injuries can be prevented by purchasing and wearing protective eye gear. The chances of suffering from a sports-related eye injury depend heavily on the type of activity being performed.
In an effort to help our valued customers protect their eyes from sports injuries, we’ve compiled a list of helpful hints.
- When purchasing sports safety goggles and eyewear, make sure they are labeled as ASTM F803 approved. The ASTM F803 seal of approval means that the eyewear was performance tested and will give you the highest level of protection.
- When playing baseball make sure to wear helmets with polycarbonate face shields to protect your eyes.
- When playing hockey, make sure to wear protective helmets approved by the U.S. Amateur Hockey Association.
- Remember that regular glasses do not provide enough protection.
- Ensure that the lenses stay in place or will pop out outward in case of an accident. If the lenses pop in, it can be very dangerous to the eyes.
- Purchase protective eyewear that is fog resistant, as fog can create a hazard.
- The eyewear should be cushioned or padded around the eyebrows and bridge of the nose. This will prevent the eye protection from cutting into the skin.
- It is best to try on the protective eyewear before purchasing to ensure that it is the correct fit and adjusted to your face.
- Aside from using protective eyewear when playing sports, it is important to get a yearly comprehensive eye exam. Getting an eye exam can help improve your vision and performance, along with saving your vision for the future.
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