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- The National Eye Institute classifies baseball/softball, basketball, boxing, lacrosse, hockey, paintball and racquet sports as “high risk” for eye injury.
- More than 600,00 related to sports/recreation occur every year. This is about 15% of the 2.5 million eye injuries in the United States yearly.
- 1 in 18 college athletes will sustain an eye injury each season. This increases to 1 in 10 for basketball players.
- Basketball is the leading cause of eye injuries among 15 to 24 year old.
- Baseball is the leading cause of eye injuries in children under 14 years old.
- Most eye injuries among children ages 11 to 14 occur while playing sports.
- More than 90% of all eye injuries can be prevented with the use of protective eye wear.
- Protective eye wear is made of ultra-strong polycarbonate, which is 10 times more impact resistant than other plastics.
Did You Know?
- 80 percent learning happens through your child’s their eyes.
- Until the teenage years, a child’s crystalline lens does NOT prevent UV light from damaging the retina.
- School vision screenings may not detect all vision problems in kids.
- 1 child out of 4 does not see well in school.
- 600,000 eye injuries related to sports and recreation occur each year. Are your child’s eyes protected?
Now You Know.