September is Sports Eye Injury Awareness Month

September 5, 2012

Chicago – Prevent Blindness America is urging parents and coaches to require young athletes to use eye protection during practice and games. The recommendations were issued in conjunction with the Coalition to Prevent Sports Eye Injuries and Liberty Sport as part of Sports Eye Injury Awareness Month, which takes place in September.

According to a Prevent Blindness America press release, sports are the leading cause of eye injuries among children 14 and younger, and most injuries can be prevented with proper eye protection. When participating in sports, the organization recommends:

  • Regular eyeglasses should never be worn while playing a sport, as they may shatter upon impact.
  • Players who wear eyeglasses should use prescription protective sports eyewear fitted by an eye care professional.
  • Sports eyewear should have padding or cushioning along the brow and bridge of the nose to prevent cuts to the skin.
  • Athletes who have diminished vision in one eye should wear sports eye protectors as recommended by an eye care professional.