Nearly 30,000 sports-related eye injuries are treated in U.S. emergency rooms each year. Although 90 percent of these could be avoided by wearing protective eyewear.
Different activities and sports have different levels of risk for eye injury. Make sure that you’re using the right kind of eye protection for each activity. Regular eyeglasses do not offer proper eye protection and in some cases can make an injury worse if they shatter.
Be careful during activities or games involving projectiles and other sharp objects that could create injury if in contact with the eye.
Ophthalmologists treat athletes at every level, from high school standouts to professional stars. Protective eyewear is the best defense against injury, whether you’re a student or NBA celebrity. Polycarbonate lenses are safest for basketball, racquet sports, soccer or field hockey. Athletes who wear contacts or glasses also need protective gear.