Health Tip: Protect Your Eyes During Sports

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(HealthDay News) -- Eye injuries are a leading cause of childhood blindness in the United States, the U.S. National Eye Institute says.

Baseball, basketball, hockey, boxing, squash, fencing, racquetball and lacrosse are just some of the high-risk sports for eye injuries, the institute says.

It offers this additional advice about protective eyewear:

  • Prescription glasses, contact lenses and sunglasses do not sufficiently protect you from eye injuries.
  • Use eyewear made of ultra-strong polycarbonate for optimal protection.
  • Choose eyewear specifically made for your sport, and make sure it fits correctly and comfortably.

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