WPG Health Update: The “Eyes” Have It – Protect Your Kid’s Eyes During Sports
With spring sports in full swing (no pun intended), parents should take every step to make sure their children are safe while playing sports.
According to the National Eye Institute, eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in the United States and most injuries that occur in school-aged children are sports related.
Wearing regular prescription glasses or contact lenses do not offer protection against eye injuries while playing sports. Fortunately, almost all sports-related eye injuries can be prevented with the proper use of protective eyewear. Check out our steps on how to protect your children's vision during spring sports.
Make an appointment with your eye doctor before the spring sports season begins. At that point you can discuss the option of purchasing sports safety eyewear for your child.
Take the time to learn how eye injuries can occur in the sport your child plays. In the unfortunate case that an eye injury does occur, it is important to know exactly how the injury was caused.
After seeing your eye doctor, you can have your child fitted for prescription eyeguards if they wear prescription glasses. Polycarbonate lenses offer the best protection from ultraviolet rays.
If your child plays baseball, softball or lacrosse, a polycarbonate facemask is the ideal choice for protection against eye injuries. Polycarbonate facemasks are the most impact resistant on the market.
Parents and coaches should always be prepared in the event a child suffers an eye injury during a game. Know the location of the nearest first aid kit and make sure it contains approved eyewash. Make a point to see an eye doctor immediately as well, even if the injury does not appear serious.