Most are between five and 24 years old but a whopping 44 percent are under 14 years of age. Safety goggles and glasses reduce the risk of injury by 90 percent. And, lest you think differently, prescription street wear glasses DO NOT protect against eye injuries in sports.
Here are some startling speeds that may amaze you and can cause severe eye injuries:
A hockey puck travels at 90-100 mph.
A baseball can be thrown at 95-110 mph.
A squash or racquetball travels at 125-140 mph.
A 12-year-old child can strike a racquetball at 80 mph.
There’s a lot you need to know to keep your vision and your child’s vision from being partially or permanently impaired. Eye injuries from sports can cause vision loss or complete loss of an eye. Bleeding must be checked by an opthalmologist. Even a minor eye injury can cause retinal detachment and legal blindness. Contact lenses will not protect the eye from sports injuries.
The best protective sports eyewear is made from polycarbonate. Polycarbonate is the material used in riot plastic shields and canopies for jet aircraft. It will withstand the impact of a .22 caliber bullet. Ask if sports goggles or eyewear are ASTM Impact Resistant. Wear sports eye protectors when playing the following sports: baseball, basketball, soccer, football, hockey, racquetball and squash.
Other potential dangers to thinks about when dealing with your own or your children’s eyes:
Toys with projectiles or long sharp pieces
Stuffed animals with sharp parts, such as whiskers
Pellet and BB guns
Fireworks, especially bottle rockets
Hammering on wood or metal
When you’re using an edging device, weed eater or mower
Using mechanical machines
Working with chemicals of any kind, including household bleach, window cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, etc.
It’s up to you to teach your child proper eye safety, so make sure you don’t “turn a deaf ear” to this topic.