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A Little Prevention Goes a Long Way

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Injuries are a risk we all take when participating in sports. Sprained ankles, broken bones, bruises – they are all par for the course.

So are injuries to the eye. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 40,000 eye injuries occur in the United States during sports or recreational activities each year, some of which will lead to irreversible vision loss. That’s an eye-related emergency room visit every 13 minutes. The vast majority of these injuries occur in athletes under the age of 25.

However, 90% of these injuries are preventable with the proper use of existing eye protection on the playing field.

As spring sports gear up, make sure you protect the sight of yourself and your team by keeping street eyewear off the playing field. Conventional frames and lenses often do not meet the minimum requirements for impact resistance in most sports, which can turn a small collision into a sight-threatening injury.

There are well-defined standards for protective eyewear for the playing field. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) sets standards for protective eyewear in many of the top American sports. When shopping for products for your athlete, make sure the equipment conforms to the following ASTM specifications:

ASTM Standard Sport
Baseball – Batting / Base Running ASTM Standard F910 (Face Guard Attached to the Helmet)
Baseball – Fielding ASTM Standard F803 For Baseball (ASTM Specifies Age Ranges)
Softball – Batting / Base Running ASTM Standard F910 (face Guard Attached to Helmet)
Softball – Fielding ASTM Standard F803 for Baseball (ASTM Specifies Age Ranges)
Basketball ASTM Standard F803 for Basketball (ASTM Specifies Age Ranges)
Field Hockey ASTM Standard F803 for Women’s Lacrosse
Ice Hockey ASTM Standard F513 Face Mask On Helmet
Ice Hockey – Goalie ASTM Standard F1587 Face Mask On Helmet
Street Hockey ASTM Standard F513 Face Mask On Helmet (Must be HECC or CSA Certified)
Men’s Lacrosse NOCSAE Face Mask Attached to Helmet
Women’s Lacrosse ASTM Standard F803 For Women’s Lacrosse
Squash ASTM Standard F803 For Women’s Lacrosse
Racquetball ASTM Standard F803 For Racquetball
Paintball ASTM Standard F1776
Air Rifle ANSI Z87+ and/or the Military Ballistic Test For Eye Armor
BB Gun ANSI Z87+ and/or the Military Ballistic Test For Eye Armor
Full Contact Martial Arts Not Available / Not Permitted In The Sport (Contraindicated For Functionally One-Eyed Athletes)
Boxing Not Available / Not Permitted In The Sport (Contraindicated For Functionally One-Eyed Athletes)
Fencing Protector with Neck Bib
Cricket ASTM Standard F803 for Baseball
Soccer ASTM Standard F803 For Any Sport (No Specific ASTM Standard Yet Developed For Soccer)
Football Polycarbonate Eye Shield Attached to Helmet Mounted Wire Face Mask
Tennis ASTM Standard F803 or CSA Standard P400
Volleyball ASTM Standard F803 for Basketball
Golf Streetwear / Fashion Eyewear with Polycarbonate or Trivex™ Lenses
Water Polo Polycarbonate Swim Goggles
Badminton ASTM Standard F803 or CSA Standard P400
Paddle Tennis ASTM Standard F803 or CSA Standard P400
Handball ASTM Standard F803 or CSA Standard P400
Fishing Streetwear / Fashion Eyewear with Polycarbonate or Trivex™ Lenses
Bicycling Helmet Plus Streetwear / Fashion Eyewear with Polycarbonate or Trivex™ Lenses
Swimming Standard Swim Goggles
Wrestling Not Available / Not Permitted In The Sport
Skiing Fashion Eyewear with Polycarbonate or Trivex™ Lenses
Diving Standard Swim Goggles
Track & Field Fashion Eyewear with Polycarbonate or Trivex™ Lenses
Gymnastics Fashion Eyewear with Polycarbonate or Trivex™ Lenses

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