Spring has sprung and the time for outdoor sports is quickly approaching! You might pack up your kid’s sporting gear, the sunscreen, the water bottle – are you forgetting their protective eyewear though? Just like sunscreen protects their skin from potential damage from the sun, the right eye protection protects them from the leading cause of blindness in children in the United States – eye injuries.
Each year, there are nearly 100,000 cases of sports-related eye injuries, with associated costs topping $175 million. In 9 out of 10 cases, the injury could have been prevented had the child worn protective eyewear. It is important to note that vision correction eyewear, such as contact lenses and eyeglasses – or even sunglasses – are not sufficient protection. Eye guards, goggles, safety glasses or shields must be worn in order to protect against injury.
If your child’s sporting activity does not require the use of protective eyewear, insisting it be implemented might make all the difference for your child or someone else’s. Anytime your child is faced with an object moving directly towards their face, there is an inherent risk of significant eye injury.
Keeping our children active is great for their health and development – just as we would protect them with helmets and elbow or knee guards, we must also protect them with wraparound eye protection. They have one pair of eyes, and a lifetime of sights to see!