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Wayward balls, overenthusiastic stick checks, flying arms during defensive plays – eye injuries are all too common in sports. Basketball, baseball, hockey, football, lacrosse, and soccer are some of the highest-risk sports and present a significant need for proper eye safety. While wearing the right helmets or goggles can counter more than 90% of these injuries, 97% of schools don’t have a policy about protective eyewear, according to the American Optometric Association. Just as bike helmets have likely become routine in your family, so too should wearing prescription safety glasses or other appropriate protective eyewear before getting on the court, field, or ice.

2,000 U.S. workers each day sustain job-related eye injuries that require treatment.


Some of the greatest off-field eye damage risks are found in a place you go daily: work. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that about 2,000 U.S. workers each day sustain job-related eye injuries that require treatment, yet eye safety at work is rarely discussed. In a field like welding or mining, you might expect that the risk is great. However, the same is true in construction, carpentry or manufacturing, plumbing, electrical work, or car repair. In fact, even people who work with computers should be cognizant of eye safety at work and take proper precautions.

Eye safety experts and eye doctors agree that the right protection can dramatically lessen the severity and frequency of eye injuries. In all fields where dust, particles, and other flying objects are present, you’ll need to wear safety glasses equipped with strong impact-resistant lenses and protective side shields. Although safety glasses may look like normal eyewear, they provide far more protection with lenses and frames that are much stronger than those of regular eyeglasses. Of the types of lenses available, including glass and plastic, polycarbonate lenses provide the greatest impact protection.


October is Home Eye Safety Month, but it's always a good time to think about injuries that happen when- and where - you least expect them.

  • Remember that you can be at risk in the most mundane moments - doing yark work, using bleach, organizingh an attic, cooking with hot oil.
  • Store chemicals securely, read all labels, and never mix chemicals (there could be an adverse reaction).
  • Inspect your lawn and remove any debris before you mow.
  • Replace damaged tools right away.
  • Be sure all stairs are lighted and have handrails.

Safety from Sun Damage

Yet another eye safety issue hides in plain sight. The sun's ultra violet (UV) rays can cause serious injury such as cataracts or full loss of vision if there is damage to the retina. If you’re spending time working or playing outdoors, or find yourself in situations where there’s a glare (like driving), you’ll want to wear sunglasses that protect against UV rays.

Eye safety glasses for sports, prescription safety glasses at work and sunglasses to block UV rays—these precautions may be hard to remember at first, but with practice they'll become part of your routine to protect an invaluable asset—your sight.