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Protect Your Eyes from Sports-Related Injuries

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, 40,000 eye injuries related to recreation and sports occur every year. 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. 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 and ski goggles with 100% UV protection
  • - Polycarbonate lenses are ideal if it's sunny in snow conditions
Snowboarding
  • - Sports sunglasses and ski goggles with 100% UV protection
    (and polycarbonate lenses if it’s sunny and snow conditions are ideal)
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 a 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