Preventing Sports-Related Eye Injuries

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As well as using the appropriate eye-protection equipment for your child's particular sport, follow these guidelines in making sure your child's eyes stay safe and sound.

  • Make sure protective eyewear lenses are made of polycarbonate material.
  • Don't let your child wear contact lenses or ordinary glasses as a substitute for protective eyewear. Contact lenses and ordinary glasses offer no protection against eye injuries.
  • Consistently enforce the wearing of appropriate eye protection during sports activities, and set a good example by wearing eye protection yourself when playing sports.

For children with good vision in only one eye or a history of eye injury:

  • Functionally one-eyed athletes (those whose best-corrected visual acuity is worse than 20/40 in the poorer-seeing eye), or those who have had previous eye injury or surgery, should never participate in boxing or full-contact martial arts.
  • For sports in which a facemask or helmet with eye protector is required, functionally one-eyed athletes should also wear sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses to ensure adequate protection. The helmet must fit properly, and have a chinstrap.

Source: American Academy of Ophthalmology

The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child's condition.

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