Sports and Your Eyes
Sports can be dangerous, all that movement, the possibility for flying objects or limbs to come rushing out of no where and attempt to poke your eyes out. And every year, all that action leads to more than 40,000 athletes suffering from sports-related eye injuries. Most eye injuries can be prevented, so make sure to wear proper protection – regular glasses aren’t enough.
Eye guards are not safety goggles, glasses or sunglasses. You should be able to find eye guards made for racquet sports at most sport stores or optical stores. The cost is $20 to $40 for regular eye guards, and around $60 if you need prescription lenses. Your eye guard should fit securely and comfortably on your head, giving you the ability to wear a helmet with them if you need to. Although they might be labeled for racquet sports, you can use them under a helmet if you need to, and are good to wear for any sport.
Last Reviewed November 2012
Reviewed by PAMF Department of Optometry
Tips on selecting eye protection and what to do in case of an eye emergency from Prevent Blindness America
Information on how to prevent eye injuries while playing sports from the Vision Learning Center
The American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives (AAOE) has several documents you can download on proper protective eye gear