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  • 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.