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Types of Eye Protection

At least 90% of sports eye injuries can be prevented by wearing eye protection. In addition, many young athletes have found that the extra protection actually enhances their concentration and alleviates their fear of injuries so they play better.

Recommend eyewear by sport:

Baseball: Polycarbonate face guard or other certified safe protection attached to batting helmet; sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses for playing in the field.

Basketball: Sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses.

Fencing: Full face cage.

Field Hockey Goalie: full face-mask; all others: sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses.

Handball/Racquetball/Squash: Sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses.

Ice Hockey: Helmet and full face protection.

Lacrosse: Helmet and full face protection for male athletes. Approved polycarbonate goggles for female players.

Soccer: Sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses.

Softball: Polycarbonate face guard on batting helmet; sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses for playing in the field.

Street Hockey: Sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses; goalie: full face cage.

Swimming and pool sports: Swim goggles recommended.

Tennis/singles: Sturdy street-wear frames with polycarbonate lenses.

Tennis/doubles: Sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses.

Water Polo: Swim goggles with polycarbonate lenses.

Young athletes find that eye protection enhances their concentration