SPORTS EYEWEAR: PROTECTION & PERFORMANCE
- More than 600,000 eye injuries related to sports and recreation occur each year.
- 42,000 of these injuries are of a severity that requires Emergency Room attention.
- One-in-eighteen college athletes will sustain an eye injury each season. The odds increase to one-in-ten for basketball players.
- More than 90% of all eye injuries can be prevented with the use of appropriate protective eyewear. Sports participants using "street wear" are at a far more severe risk of eye injury than participants using no eye protection at all.
- According to the 2002 National Health Interview Survey, 84.6% of children do not utilize protective eyewear in situations that represent a risk of eye injury.
- The following sports are considered a high-to-moderate risk of eye injury: Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Hockey, Tennis, Soccer, Volleyball, Water Polo, Football, Air Rifle, BB Gun, Paintball, Boxing, Martial Arts, Cricket, Squash, Racquetball, Fencing, Badminton, Fishing and Golf.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Optometric Association all strongly recommend protective eyewear for all participants in sports in which there is a risk of eye injury.