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Eye protection

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Background

  • Overview: Eye protection is the prevention of eye injury through the use of protective equipment and safe practices. The appropriate eye equipment differs depending on the sport. Eye safety may also differ for age groups. Protective eye equipment is relatively inexpensive and its use greatly reduces the risk of eye injuries in high-risk sports.
  • Safety equipment: The most common eye protection equipment for sports is eyeguards, face masks, face shields attached to helmets, or a combination of the three. Guards are usually made of durable, transparent materials that offer adequate protection without obscuring vision. Shields and guards are often made of polycarbonate material.
  • Eyeguards have a similar design to swimming goggles, motorcycle goggles, and eyeglasses. The first swimming goggles were worn by Persian divers in the 1300s. They were also used in the 1500s by people living along the Mediterranean Sea. It was the Polynesians who took wood-carved diving goggles and added glass lenses. In 1916, the first goggles (although possibly not for swimming) were patented by C. P. Troppman. Swimming goggles gained popularity in the 1930s but did not become commonly used until the 1970s.
  • Eye protection is commonly used for sports with a high risk of eye injuries. For adults, these sports include boxing, basketball, baseball, hockey, lacrosse, racquet sports (tennis, racquetball), martial arts, and soccer, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). High-risk sports for children 14 years and younger include squash, softball, baseball, basketball, boxing, racquetball, hockey, and paintball, according to the National Eye Institute.
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References

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