According to the National Eye Institute, eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children. How can they be prevented?
Vision is the most relied-upon sense that human beings have. We use our vision every day, all the time: to read, to drive, to walk, to run… and to play sports. Since most eye injuries in kids between the ages of 11 and 14 occur while playing sports, prescription sports glasses are an essential part of the safety equipment used by children who wear prescription glasses.
Eye injuries can range from radiation (around the eye) to puncture (of the eye itself) , the most severe of which can lead to permanent eye injury and blindness. Ironically, children who are wearing prescription street glasses (regular, non-safety prescription glasses) are at higher risk of receiving an eye injury during sports than children wearing no eyewear at all .
If you have a child participating in sports without protective eyewear, it’s time to consider purchasing a pair. Kids by nature are generally less coordinated and more prone to injuries than adults, and eye injuries can be some of the most traumatic and devastating.
Prescription sports glasses for kids are available online at reasonable prices and with many different types of lenses including, single vision, progressive bifocals, polarized, tinted, clear… the list goes on. Getting prescripton sports glasses with polycarbonate lenses for your kid may be one of the best decisions you can make for him or her this sports season, especially if the time ever comes that a catastrophic injury is avoided because of his or her protective eyewear.
 National Eye Institute. Sports Related Eye Injuries: What You Need to Know and Tips for Prevention.
 Rodriguez, Jorge O., D.O.. Prevention and Treatment of Common Eye Injuries in Sports. American Family Physician, Apr. 1, 2003.
 Sports Eye Safety. Prevent Blindness America.
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