Playing sports is a favorite pastime, career, and exercise for many people. Whatever your reasons are for playing sports, the risk of injuring your eyes remains. According to ‘All About Vision’, more than 40,000 eye injuries a year occur while playing sports, and 90% of them could have been avoided if the proper eyewear was being worn. Depending on the sport you play, there are different ways to protect your eyes.

Sunglasses are great way to protect your eyes during no-contact sports like golf, cycling, running and fishing. With these sports, your biggest reason for wearing sunglasses is protecting your eyes from UV rays. Even though you might not think it is possible, your eyes can get sunburned, an effect called, photokeratitis. Photokeratitis is a short-term effect that can cause red eyes, sensitivity to light and excessive tearing. Long-term effects of increased UV exposure can cause cataracts, and retina damage. It is recommended to wear sunglasses that block out 99-100% of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.

Lightweight goggles, such as polycarbonate ones are an excellent choice for those playing sports that pose a risk of injury from fast-moving balls, pucks, or rackets. Goggles also help shield your eyes from elbows and fingers. Since goggles come with an elastic band to prevent them from sliding off your head, they are also great for skiing and snowboarding. To maintain good visibility, it is also recommended to buy goggles that have anti-fogging features. If you’re looking for swimming goggles, make sure to buy ones that fit comfortably around the bones of your eye socket. A good seal will help prevent water containing chemicals or bacteria from getting into your eyes.

No matter what sport you play, there is a good reason you should be wearing eye protection. If you have any further questions about ways to protect your eyes, please call the East West Eye Institute, at 877-871-1684 or find us online at


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