The use of eye protection can help prevent about 90% of sports-related eye injuries in student-athletes. Children should therefore always use eye protection when playing potentially dangerous sports. Just make sure you get your kid the appropriate protective eye gear. Here are some things to remember when choosing sports eyewear for your child.
Choose sport-specific eye protection.
If your child plays baseball, insist that the child wear goggles and a sturdy plastic face guard. Googles are necessary when playing basketball or tennis. The child should also wear eye guards when playing football or rugby. A full face guard is essential when playing American football.
Choose ultra-strong polycarbonate.
Polycarbonate is the material of choice for protective eyewear. It’s an impact-resistant lens material, many times stronger than other plastics. Also, it does not reduce vision.
Get sunglasses with UV protection.
Eye protection against ultraviolet (UV) rays matters. UV radiation is associated with eye problems such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and cancer of the conjunctiva. To protect your kid’s eyes from the sun’s harmful rays, get a product that blocks 99–100% of UVA and UVB rays. Sunglasses should also screen out 75–90% of visible light. Close-fitting eyewear with wide lenses or wraparound sunglasses also helps block the sun from all angles.
Check the lenses.
The lenses should be secure. They should not pop inward to avoid damage to the eye. The lenses should also perfectly match in colour and should have no distortions or imperfections. Grey lenses are best for correct colour recognition.
Children should not play contact sports without eye protection. Protective eyewear is especially crucial for kids who just started their sport and those without proper physical coordination. Safety eyewear is also vital for children with a history of eye injury or those with vision in a single eye. Always make sure your child or student properly gears up for the game.