Parents, you need to be aware of some very frightening statistics. These include:
· In excess of 600,000 eye injuries occur each year while individuals are participating in sports and recreation.
· Greater than 80% of all children do not wear protective eyewear even in a situation that could present a situation where eye injury could possibly occur.
· People having eye injuries due to participating in sporting activities are taken to the emergency room every 13 seconds!
· Of the number of eye injuries reported, 90% of them could have been avoided if the player had worn protective eyewear.
These statistics are quite frightening. Parents could avoid a lot of these injuries in their children by looking into protective eyewear for them. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Optometric Association, the American Public Health Association and the Coalition to Prevent Sports Eye Injuries would all be grateful since each one of these organizations recommends the use of protective eyewear.
Not only parents should buy into this, but coaches and sports program directors of young athletes should, too. After all, they are responsible for the overall safety and well-being of the children placed in their care. That means head-to-toe, they must be able to protect the kids.
Even if your children have been prescribed regular glasses or contact lenses, you should know that these items are not created to protect. In fact, they actually provide very little if no protection to your children’s eyes while the children are engaged in physical activity. They have a purpose and are limited to that purpose alone.
In order to ensure your child’s safety while engaged in sports, if they have visionary aides already, it is a great idea to speak to your eye care professional about investing in protective eyewear with your child’s prescription built right in. This way, your child will have good vision and be protected at the same time.
Of course there will also be a limitation as to how much protection that the specialty eyewear can actually provide. They will not be able to prevent all injuries unfortunately, but if they do, in fact, meet the stringent ASTM Standards, the protective eyewear can indeed significantly reduce the risk of sport-related eye injury while your child is participating with his or her sports team.
Reducing the risk of eye injuries should give parents a better feel for when their child is truly interested in engaging in sports play. In order to keep your child protected and off of the sidelines, it is a great idea to look into protective eyewear for your little sportster.