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The Athlete's Essential Guide to Eyewear

More than 600,000 eye injuries related to sports and recreation occur each 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 it's estimated that 90% of these injuries can be avoided with protective eyewear. Stay safe while being active, wear safety glasses and sports eyewear, and consult with your eyecare specialist to ensure the eyewear fits correctly. Protective eyewear is also available with prescription lenses, giving everybody good reason to participate in sports.

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
 
 

*Source: The Vision Council