When it comes to our children we want to make sure they are protected in every possible way. Children between the ages of 5 to 14 are often susceptible to sports related injuries worldwide. In this article we are specifically looking at fairly common injuries pertaining to the eyes which are very common in baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, racquetball, soccer, squash and tennis. In the United State alone according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology many ophthalmology organizations are combining their efforts to help in coming up with ways to decrease the amount of child related eye injuries. The first way these organizations are encouraging parents is to advocate purchasing of protective eyewear for their children regardless of the sport or level of play. Listed below are some tips when purchasing sports goggles for your children.
- When purchasing sports goggles/eyewear for your child choose eyewear protectors fitted with polycarbonate lenses for any and all sports. Sports not limited to baseball, basketball, football, racquet sports, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, & paintball.
- Parents should make sure that the sports goggles/eyewear properly fits onto the face of their child. It is important that the eye protectors worn by the child is securely fitted to the child. Sports Goggles/eyewear should be viewed as any other piece of protective equipment worn and used.
- Children should be shown how to properly put on and take off sports goggles/eyewear. Often in the action of playing sports equipment gets loosened, break time requires eye protectors to be removed, or sweat gets into the eyes of the child which requires eye protectors to be moved up, down, or off. Children need to know how to loosen and tighten sports goggles/eyewear so they are properly fitted back to optimal placement on the face.
- Only purchase age-appropriate sports goggles/eyewear. Not all eye protection is created equal. Make sure the sports goggles/eyewear were designed for your child’s age group. Often sports goggles/eyewear will state made for children, teens, or adult wear.
- Children should be taught never to wear sports goggles/eyewear that have been damaged in anyway. It important to let a child know that when eye protection is damaged, it’s time to have them replaced to avoid injury. When eye protectors are cracked, broken, or smashed all indications they need to be replaced.
- Prescription goggles/eyewear are a must. If a child wears reading glasses, regular glasses, or any other sort of glasses for optimal vision securing sport goggles/eyewear is a necessity.
- Children need to be able to openly communicate with parents about losing sport goggles/eyewear. Often time’s children are afraid to tell their parents when they’ve lost a pair of sports equipment. Make sure your child understands their responsibility of taking care of their sports equipment and make sure they understand the importance of letting you know when equipment has been lost.
In conclusion parents need to take the first step to making sure their child’s eyes are protected regardless of the sport they play. A poll was taken by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and they came to conclusion that 90% of all eye related injuries can be prevented if the proper sports goggles/eyewear is worn. That statistic alone is enough for my child to be provided and taught to wear sport goggles/eyewear.
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