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  • Writer's pictureKatherine Ramirez

Sports & Eyewear: Playing It Safe

Updated: Apr 12, 2020

Each year, 38,000 sports-related eye injuries are reported in the United States. Experts say that 90% of them could be prevented.

A survey by the Vision Council of America reports that nearly 9 in 10 people (89%) believe children should regularly wear protective eyewear when playing sports, yet just slightly over 1 in 3 (36%) report that their children actually do so.


Of course, nothing can prevent all sports-related eye injuries. But simply making sports eyewear a part of athletic uniforms can significantly reduce the likelihood of potentially sight damaging injuries.

Anyone participating in these sports and activities should wear eye protection:

· Baseball

· Softball

· Racquetball

· Tennis

· Badminton

· Soccer

· Football

· Ice hockey or street hockey

· Basketball

· Lacrosse

· Archery

· Fencing

· Boxing

· Karate

In addition, any other activities that involve a ball or racket, rough contact with other players or high-speed travel should require protective eyewear.

Ultraviolet light from the sun, even in winter, is a danger in all outdoor sports. UV light contributes to diseases such as cataracts and tumors that affect parts of the eye. Skiers can also get “sunburn” on their eyes (called keratitis). Keratitis is very painful, and it can cause long-term damage to the retina.


Protective eyewear must be made of the proper materials and fitted correctly for each wearer. Here’s what you should look for:

· Padded or rubber bridges to keep the goggles comfortable

· Deep-grooved eye wires to keep the lenses from falling out of the frame if hit hard

· A face-formed shape to provide a wider field of view

· Headband attachments to keep the frames from slipping

· Lenses made from polycarbonate- a type of clear plastic that is impact resistant

· 100% UV protection and a scratch-resistant coating

For more information about vision health, contact Baldwin Eye Care, LLC.

Call Baldwin Eye Care, LLC to schedule an appointment with your eye care professional. It’s important to seek a professional diagnosis to determine the correct cause of your symptoms.


Baldwin Eye Care LLC - Caring for your eyes, total I care health.

(608) 837-7325

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