Participating in sports is a great way to stay in shape and keep your eyes healthy. When gearing up for a sporting activity, all athletes should consider protective eyewear, regardless if it’s for professional, amateur, or recreational purposes.
Risks of eye injuries vary from low to high depending on the type of sport you’re participating in, however, no sport is exempt. Eye injuries have been reported in low risk sports, such as swimming, bicycling, and gymnastics, as well as the more obvious high risk sports such as baseball, basketball, racquetball, and lacrosse.
Some of the most common types of eye injuries that happen while playing sports include:
Research indicates that 90 per cent of all eye injuries that happen while playing sports are preventable, reinforcing the idea that protective eyewear should always be considered part of your equipment, just like facemasks, helmets, or shin pads.
To ensure your eyes are properly protected during sports, book an appointment with your local doctor of optometry to discuss the most appropriate type of protective eyewear for you.