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PRESERVING YOUNG ATHLETES

Children should wear outdoor eyewear that not only shields their eyes from damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays, but also protects their eyes from sports-related injuries. The fact is that more than one-third of the sports-related eye injuries that occur in the United States each year happen to children. As a result, eye injuries are one of the leading causes of visual impairment in children. To prevent permanent vision loss and blindness in active children, parents should encourage their kids to wear sport-specific protective eyewear that has lenses made of polycarbonate, which can withstand the impact of a projectile traveling 90 miles per hour. One pair of glasses will not suit all the needs of children.