With warmer weather upon us, many of us are probably enjoying the sunshine by playing some recreational sports. Tens of thousands of sports-related eye injuries occur each year. The good news is that 90% of these serious eye injuries are easily preventable through the use of protective eyewear. The risk of eye injury varies depending on the activity, so make sure the level of eye protection you use is appropriate to the sport. Regular eyeglasses will not offer you proper protection when it comes to the safety of your eyes and vision.
- Professional baseball players throw ball at about 95 mph
- Polycarbonate can protect against a .22 caliber bullet
- The average hockey puck travels at a speed between 90 – 100 mph
- Always remember that eyeglasses are not a sufficient substitute for eye protection.
- Be careful during activities or games that involve projectiles and any sort of sharp object that could cause injury if they come in contact with your eyes.
- Consider the risk of flying debris and other objects during activities and wear the appropriate eye protection.