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Sports Protection

Eye protection is vital during any sport. Whether you participate in a fast-paced game like racquetball, or prefer an outdoor activity such as skiing, proper eyewear can boost your performance and prevent injuries. Wear appropriate, sport-specific protective eyewear that fits properly. Here are some helpful tips to consider when choosing protective eyewear:

  • All protective eyewear should meet American Standards for Testing and Materials’ (ASTM) impact standards. 
  • Lenses should be made from polycarbonate materials. They provide the highest level of protection and can withstand the impact from a ball or other projectiles traveling at 90 miles per hour. 
  • Everyday fashion or corrective eyewear does not offer the same protection as protective eyewear labeled for sport use. For example, on impact, the lenses in regular eyeglasses can easily pop out and puncture or cut the eye. Or, a frame damaged by impact could also cause injury.
  • Protective eyewear can be purchased at sporting goods stores as well as at eye care providers’ offices.

Review the list of sports below to help you choose the best options for protecting your eyes while engaged in that sport:

  • Badminton (sports goggles)
  • Baseball (batting: face guard attached to helmet; fielding: sports goggles)
  • Basketball (sports goggles)
  • Cycling (cycling eyewear)
  • Fencing (full face cage)
  • Field hockey (goalie: face mask; others: sports goggles)
  • Football (face shield attached to helmet)
  • Handball (sports goggles)
  • Ice hockey (helmet with full face protection)
  • Lacrosse — men (helmet and full face protection)
  • Lacrosse — women (minimum: sports goggles; recommended: helmet and full face protection)
  • Racquetball (sports goggles)
  • Shooting sports (shooting glasses)
  • Soccer (sports goggles)
  • Squash (sports goggles)
  • Street hockey (goalie: full face cage; others: sports goggles)
  • Swimming (swim goggles recommended)
  • Tennis — doubles and singles (sports goggles)
  • Water polo (swim goggles recommended)

    The source of the above information is directly from: The Vision Council