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5 steps to keep your child’s eyes safe during the sports season

With school back in session, children will be participating in after school sports and extracurricular activities.

When you’re picking out helmets and shin guards, don’t forget to shop for eye protection.

Much like the rest of your body, your eyes are an important and extremely delicate area that should be protected during physical activity. Unlike much of your body, even a simple ball or stick to the eye can mean risk of severe damage or loss of vision.

Here are 5 steps to keep your child’s eyes safe during the sports season.

  1. Speak to your eye doctor and your child’s coach to find out what type of protective eyewear is best for the athletic activity your child is involved in.
  2. Understand the risk in each sport. Across all age groups, sports-related eye injuries occur most frequently in water sports, basketball, and baseball or softball.
  3. Consider prescriptive options. If your child already wears glasses, find out what options are available for adding their prescription to protective eyewear they will need.
  4. UV protection offers double coverage. If your child’s activity takes place outside, make sure that the protective eyewear you choose includes UV protection.
  5. Monkey see, monkey do. As a parent, wear protective eyewear yourself. This will help to show your child it is possible to protect your vision and enjoy a sporting activity at the same time.

 

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