According to the National Eye Institute, sports related eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children. It is estimated that 90% of sports related eye injuries can be prevented with special protective eyewear; ordinary eyeglasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses do not qualify as protective eyewear.
Sports with the most eye related injuries:
- baseball (the #1 risk for those 14 and under)
- basketball (the #1 risk for those between 15 and 24)
By Dr. Cook, O.D.