According to Prevent Blindness America, thousands of eye accidents happen each day.
An eye injury may damage tissues around the eye as well as the eyeball itself. Injuries that penetrate the eyeball are very serious and may cause blindness.
Seek medical attention immediately. Ninety percent of these accidents are preventable with the use of appropriate safety eyewear.
Questions to consider when checking safety wear include:
• Are the lenses made from polycarbonate?
• Do they cover enough of the eye to provide appropriate protection?
• Are they approved? Most sports have an organization that sets safety standards for equipment. Check with the appropriate organization for your particular sport.