Preventing Eye Injuries in Children

With autumn’s approach and the commencement of the new school year, children are resuming their favorite sports activities. Just as it is important for them to wear the right shoes, padding and other protective gear when playing sports, they should also wear eye protection. According to the National Eye Institute, eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in America. Most eye injuries that occur to school-aged children are sports related and can be prevented with the use of proper eye protection.

More than half of all children participate in sports. The culprit for causing the greatest number of eye injuries in children aged 14 and under is baseball. Basketball comes in second place for children ages 15-24. Yet, when you go to the ball field, how many kids are actually protecting their eyes? Unfortunately, most sports leagues do not require it. If a child is already wearing glasses to improve their vision, they are at even greater risk of an eye injury if they wear their glasses while playing sports. This is because regular glasses can shatter upon impact. Instead, choose prescription glasses made specifically for sports that are impact resistant.

The best eye protection a child can wear is polycarbonate eyewear. This material is ten times more impact resistant and can mean all the difference when an injury occurs. Polycarbonate lenses can be purchased from most eye care professionals. Children who wear regular glasses should remove them when playing sports and opt for prescription glasses that are impact resistant.

Our children’s eyesight is a precious gift that should not be taken for granted. Wearing proper eye protection each time sports are played can decrease the likelihood of an eye debilitating injury. To learn more about how to choose proper eye protection call our Raleigh eye doctors today!