According to U.S. Blindness Prevention, there are approximately 40,000 cases of exercise-related eye injuries in the U.S. each year that are severe enough to require emergency room care. Experts say 90 percent of these injuries can be prevented with protective eyewear.
Sports glasses depend on the sport of the young athlete you choose. Basketball and soccer are characterized by fast-moving balls. Basketball also involves close contact with hands, arms and elbows, all of which can be hit or poked in the eye. Shatterproof sports goggles or glasses with straps to keep glasses from flying out can be a great addition to your child's protective gear.
Sports glasses can also protect young athletes' eyes from debris. For example, baseball and softball players can throw up a lot of dust when they run from base to base. Swimming, lacrosse and fencing require different types of protective eyewear, such as waterproof goggles and face shields. No matter what sport your child enjoys, it's important to properly protect his or her eyes.