Research shows that eye injuries account for 40,000 emergency room visits annually. This is equal to an eye injury every 780 seconds! Eye Care professionals report that 90% of the reported damage would have been easily avoided by using proper eye protection. The majority of injuries occur when people of all ages are participating in sports or during household chores. Kids are particularly prone to eye traumas, which frequently happen during active play.
Children should guard their eyes with safety glasses during all team and contact sports such as basketball or baseball. This will almost entirely reduce the likelihood of a sports related eye injury. Allowing your child to select the safety glasses they like best will also improve the likelihood that they will be more willing to wear them.
To ensure you purchase safety glasses wisely, ask an experienced optometrist for recommendations. Our professionals are happy to assist you in finding the best pair of glasses for your child, based on your child's particular needs. If your child wears glasses, safety glasses can be purchased with prescription lenses from your eye care provider. Trivex or polylcarbonate lenses are recommended for a child that plays contact sports such as football. They are not only more durable, they are also more light-weight than standard lenses, which tends to be more comfortable.
Take your time when it comes to investing in a pair of protective glasses. It's an easy step to protect your child's sight!