Children account for one third of all sports-related eye injuries.
In children ages 11 to 14, a majority of the eye injuries suffered occur while playing sports.
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According to a 2001 report by Prevent Blindness of America, every year, there are over 38,000 sports-related eye injuries requiring costly emergency room care. This number is much larger when you consider the treatment of eye injuries in a private practitioners offices.
School-aged competitors are particularly prone to eye injuries since their athletic skills (hand-eye coordination, balance, reaction time, and speed) are still being developed. However, regardless of an individual's age or skill level, every athlete's eyes are targets for injury. Under most circumstances, at least 90% of sports-related eye injuries are preventable with the proper use of protective sports eyewear. That is why the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Optometric Association both strongly recommend protective eyewear for all participants in sports in which there is a risk of eye injury.