Details for by Steven A. Queenan EYE PROTECTION FOR
by Steven A. Queenan EYE PROTECTION FOR ATHLETES he National Eye Institute (NEI) reports that most of the eye injuries that occur among school-aged children are sports-related. Because eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children, it is important that parents and coaches do everything they can to prevent such injuries. While baseball is the sport responsible for the greatest number of eye injuries in children aged 14 and younger, and basketball is the sport that records the highest number of eye injuries for those ages 15 to 24, even such non-contact sports as badminton are inherently dangerous to athletes’ eyes. With this in mind, athletes of all ages are strongly encouraged to wear shatter-proof polycarbonate sports goggles. T T he kind of eyewear your child will need depends on the sport he or she is playing. Consult with your eye doctor and the child’s coach to find out what type of protective eyewear is best. For more information, call REGIONAL EYE OPTICAL at 587-6309, or visit our website www.regeyecenter.com. We are located just inside Regional Eye Center at 1455 Montreal Street., S.E. Our business hours are Mon. & Thurs., 8:00am-7:30pm; Tues. & Wed., 8:00am-5:30pm; and Fri., 8:00am-1:00pm. P .S. Polycarbonate has built-in protection from ultraviolet (UV) light, which is a valuable feature for athletes playing outdoor sports.