Eye on the Ball – Sports Eye Safety

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Our eyes are crucial to hitting a baseball, kicking the winning goal in a soccer game, throwing a first down pass to the wide receiver, or whacking a racquet ball into the wall to score a point. Our sight is an important factor in playing sports,  but many sports also put us at risk for eye injuries, so it’s important to be aware of sports eye safety.

90% percent of all sports-related eye injuries could be avoided by using protective eyewear. It is important to understand that safety eyewear does not include the standard prescription glasses you may get for being nearsighted or farsighted nor does it mean that only children should wear eye protection.

There are many forms of protective eyewear including safety glasses, goggles, safety shields, and eye guards. If you are interested in better protecting you and your family’s precious eyes, please be sure to reach out to your provider for more information on the correct safety eyewear for the designated sport or activity you participate in.

The chart below will show the sports with the most risk for eye-related sports injuries.

Sports Eye Safety Risk

High Risk

Moderate Risk

Low Risk

Baseball Badminton Bicycling
Basketball Fishing Diving
Boxing Football Skiing
Hockey Golf Swimming
Paintball Soccer Wrestling
Racquetball Tennis
Softball
Squash

Even though some of the sports you play might be lower risk, you should still consider researching and determining whether protective eyewear is for you or your children.

This is a guest blog by VSP Global Employee, Julie D.

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  • Anonymous says:

    Eyes are an important part of human body. It becomes very essential to protect your eyes with proper safety equipment in sports. Thanks for the article.

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