Sports Eye Safety

For all age groups, sports-related eye injuries occur most frequently in water sports, basketball, and baseball/softball.

More than 25,000 people seek treatment for sports-related eye injuries each year. The good news is that almost all of these  injuries can be prevented. Whatever your game, whatever your age, you need to protect your eyes!

Take the following steps to avoid sports eye injuries: ► Take the following steps to avoid sports eye injuries: ▼

  • Wear proper safety goggles (lensed polycarbonate protectors) for racquet sports or basketball. In order to be assured that your eyes are protected, it is important that any eye guard or sports protective eyewear are labeled as ASTM F803 approved. This eyewear is performance tested to give you the highest levels of protection.
     
  • Use batting helmets with polycarbonate face shields for youth baseball.
     
  • Use helmets and face shields approved by the U.S. Amateur Hockey Association when playing hockey.
     
  • Know that regular glasses don't provide enough protection

Recommended Sports Eye Protectors ► Recommended Sports Eye Protectors ▼

Prevent Blindness recommends that athletes wear eyeguards appropriate for their particular sport. Read More

Tips for Buying Sports Eye Protectors ► Tips for Buying Sports Eye Protectors ▼

The following guidelines can help you find a pair of eyeguards right for you. Read More

Supporting Children's Sports Safety in Your Community ► Supporting Children's Sports Safety in Your Community ▼

Steps parents, teachers, school nurses and coaches can take to prevent sports eye injuries. Read More

First aid for eye emergencies ► First aid for eye emergencies ▼

Knowing what to do for an eye emergency can save valuable time and possibly prevent vision loss. Here are some instructions for basic eye injury first aid. Read More

The scope of eye injuries ► The scope of eye injuries ▼

To find out more about sports eye safety in you area, contact your local Sports Eye Injury Prevention Center.