April is National Sports Eye Safety Month. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than 600,000 people seek treatment for sports-related eye injuries every year, and most of them occur among children between the ages of 11 and 14. The trick to making sure your child isn’t one of them is being mindful of their eyes’ sensitivity. Prevent an eye injury next time they’re shooting some hoops or ready to hit a homerun with a few of these tips.
1. Wear protective eyewear.
More specifically, wear protective eyewear with polycarbonate lenses that are made specifically with sports in mind. This will not only protect your child’s eyes from flying objects when playing sports like field hockey, basketball, or baseball, but it will also reduce sun glare if the lenses are tinted.
2. Choose eye protectors that are ASTM approved.
It’s important that your child’s eyewear is approved by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM). This stamp of approval will ensure that your child is receiving the highest level of protection every time they hit the court or the field.
3. Find eyewear that fits well.
Just like your children are fitted for eyeglasses, they should be fitted for protective eyewear before playing any sports. If their eyewear is too loose, it may fall off their face, or if it’s too tight, it may apply uncomfortable pressure to the skin.
4. Use helmets with face shields.
Wearing a face shield is also very important, especially if your child plays baseball or football. Face shields provide full-face protection, helping keep your child’s eyes safe from sun glare, dust, grass, or other particles that can be kicked up during a game or match.
About 90% of sports-related eye injuries are preventable. Keep your piece of mind by protecting your child’s eye health while he or she plays sports. If your child does experience an eye injury, make sure to immediately call EYE-Q at (559) 486-2000 to have it checked out. EYE-Q offers specialized care with pediatric ophthalmologist Dr. Derick Holt in the EYE-Q Clovis Office.