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Kids Urged To Wear Protective Eye Gear During Sports

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recently issued a recommendation strongly urging young athletes to wear protective eyewear.

AAO points to the following facts to support its call for protective eyewear in sports, especially in circumstances when children are playing:
  • Approximately 42,000 sports-related eye injuries occur every year in the United States.

  • More than one-third of the victims are children.

  • Sports are the number one cause of eye injuries in children under the age of sixteen.

  • Injuries range from corneal abrasions and eyelid bruises to internal eye injuries, such as retinal detachments and internal bleeding.

  • Many of these injuries lead to vision loss and permanent blindness, and they could have been prevented by the use of proper eye protection.
"Sports with the highest risk for eye injury - and for which eye protection is available - include: basketball, baseball, hockey, football, lacrosse, fencing, paintball, water polo, racquetball, soccer, downhill skiing," says AAO.

Polycarbonate lenses are the best choice for wearing when playing sports, according to AAO, because they are 20 times stronger than typical eyewear lenses, and polycarbonate can withstand impact from a ball or other projectile traveling at 90 miles per hour.

Contact lenses offer no protection, and street wear glasses are inadequate to protect against any type of eye injury.


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