April is National Youth Sports Safety Month, a time to spotlight the importance of keeping our children safe while they pursue fun and healthy physical activities. While this may bring to mind avoiding broken bones and pulled muscles, eye injuries are also a common and preventable part of youth sports.
Consider these facts about eye injuries among children playing sports:
- There are more than 100,000 sports-related eye injuries each year.
- Eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children.
- Children younger than 15 years old account for 43 percent of ALL sports and recreational eye injuries.
And, perhaps the most important fact of all: 90 percent of sports-related injuries can be prevented by using protective eyewear.