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Sports Eye Protection Guide for Parents and Coaches of Young Athletes

Here are some tips from The American Academy of Pediatrics

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Optometric Association
  • American Public Health Association
  • The Coalition to Prevent Sports Eye Injuries
  • National Eye Institute
  • Prevent Blindness America

Sports Eye Protection Buying Tips

  • Use the recommended eye protection table to find the eye protection safety standard for your sport. Ensure that the protector you purchase meets or exceeds that recommended standard.
  • For outdoor sports, insist on 100% UVA & UVB protection. Additionally, photochromic (lenses that change color) or tinted lenses are excellent for sports various light situations.
  • For both indoor and outdoor sports, anti-reflective coatings add comfort by reducing glare.
  • Frames must be used with a sports band or retention strap to ensure the frames stays in place.

Recommended Eye Protection

Baseball – ASTM (Face Guard Attached to the Helmet) (Batting/Base Running). ASTM for Baseball (ASTM Specifies Age Ranges) (Fielding)

Basketball – ASTM for Basketball (ASTM Specifies Age Ranges)

Racquetball – ASTM for Racquetball

Soccer/Squash – ASTM for Soccer and Squash

Football – Polycarbonate Eye Shield Attached to Helmet Mounted Wire Face Mask

Volleyball – ASTM for Basketball

Lacrosse – ASTM for Lacrosse

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