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Protect Your Eyes From Sports-Related Injuries


By VSP Vision Care

Wearing the right protective eyewear during sports and recreation is a must. Not wearing proper eyewear is like playing basketball barefoot or snow skiing without ski poles. You’re just asking for injuries. The right eyewear helps you see clearly, protects your eyes from injury, and helps you play your best. 

Don’t Be an Eye Injury Statistic

According to Prevent Blindness America, over 30,000 eye injuries related to recreation and sports occur every year.1 Sport-related eye injuries can include:

  • Painful corneal abrasions
  • Inflamed iris
  • Fracture of the eye socket
  • Blunt trauma and penetrating injuries
  • Traumatic cataract and blood spilling in the eye’s anterior chamber
  • Swollen or detached retinas
  • Blindness

The good news is that over 90% of sports-related eye injuries can be prevented with the proper use of sports eyewear.2 Stay safe while being active by wearing safety glasses and sports eyewear and consult with your eye care specialist to ensure the eyewear fits correctly.

The Athlete's Essential Guide to Eyewear

Baseball

  • Face guard (attached to helmet) made of polycarbonate material 
  • Sports eyewear with wraparound polycarbonate lenses or side shields
     

Football

  • Polycarbonate shield attached to a face guard or wire shield 
  • Sports eyewear with wraparound polycarbonate lenses or side shields

Basketball

  • Sports eyewear with wraparound polycarbonate lenses or side shields  

Soccer

  • Sports eyewear with wraparound polycarbonate lenses or side shields  

Hockey

  • Wire face guard

Tennis

  • Sports eyewear with wraparound polycarbonate lenses or side shields 

Lacrosse

  • Polycarbonate face guard or wire face guard

Skiing

  • Sports sunglasses with ski googles with 100% UV protection and
  • Polycarbonate lenses are ideal if it’s sunny in snow conditions 

Snowboarding

  • Sports sunglasses with ski goggles with 100% UV protection 
  • Polycarbonate lenses are ideal if it’s sunny in snow conditions 

Swimming

  • Swim goggles with polycarbonate lenses

Fishing

  • Sports sunglasses with 100% UV protection and polycarbonate lenses

Hunting & Shooting

  • Wraparound frames with spring hinges and rounded edges with polycarbonate lenses with scratch-resistant hard coat and UV protection

Badminton 

  • Sports eyewear with wraparound polycarbonate lenses or side shields 

Paintball

  • A face guard with built in Goggles
   

 

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