Tips For Sports

“Eye injuries don’t have to be part of the game.” – Liberty Sport

The Facts Are…

Approximately 50% of kids are involved in one or more organized athletic activities.
An estimated 33,000 sports-related eye injuries are treated in emergency rooms each year.
At least 90% of eye injuries are avoidable if appropriate protective eyewear is worn during game play.
About 72% of sports related eye injuries occur in people less than 25 years of age.
For all age groups, sports-related eye injuries occur most frequently in basketball, baseball, swimming, football and soccer.
For athletes ages 14 years and younger, basketball injuries are most frequent, with baseball second.

Many organizations and researchers strongly advise the use of protective eyewear:

American Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Optometric Association
American Public Health Association
The Coalition to Prevent Sports Eye Injuries
National Eye Institute
Prevent Blindness

Sports Eye Protection Buying Tips

Use the recommended eye protection table below to find the eye protection safety standard for your sport. Ensure that the protector you purchase meets or exceeds that recommended standard.
For outdoor sports, insist on 100% UVA and UVB protection. Additionally, photochromic (lenses that change color) or tinted lenses are excellent for sports' various light situations.
For both indoor and outdoor sports, antireflective coating add comfort by reducing glare.
Frames must be used with a sports band or retention strap to ensure the frames stay in place.

Recommended Eye Protection (Not a comprehensive listing)

Batting: Face guard attached to helmet
Fielding: Sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses
ASTM Standard F910 (Face Guard Attached to the Helmet) (Batting/Base Running)
ASTM Standard F803 for Baseball (ASTM Specifies Age Ranges) (Fielding)

Sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses
ASTM Standard F803 for Basketball (ASTN Specifies Age Ranges)

Sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses
ASTM Standard F803 for Racquetball

Soccer / Squash:
Sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses
ASTM Standard F803 for Soccer and Squash

Face shield attached to helmet
Polycarbonate Eye Shield Attached to Helmet Mounted Wire Face Mask

ASTM Standard F803 for Basketball

(Male) Helmet with full face protection
(Female) Sports goggled with polycarbonate lenses or helmet with full face protection
ASTM Standard F803 for Lacrosse

You Can Take Action

Help prevent a child from becoming an eye injury statistic. If you are a parent, guardian, coach or sports program director of young athletes you are responsible for the safety of their eyes while participating in sports with known eye injury risks.
For the children who need corrective prescription lenses, it is important to know that regular eyeglasses and contact lenses provide little or no protection. In fact, regular eyewear may even cause a more severe eye injury. Talk to Helm Vision Group about protective sports eyewear with your prescription.
While no single device can prevent all injuries, sport eye protection that meets stringent ASTM Standards for the sports being played can significantly reduce the risk of sport-related eye injury.
“Prevent Blindness estimates that over 90% of all sports related eye injuries are avoidable”.
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