There are more and more extracurricular activities available to today’s youth almost daily. From tech-savvy activities like building robots and playing games on-screen to outdoor staples like baseball and soccer, there are so many things to choose from for adolescents. One thing that is not so commonly considered when choosing a new activity, though, is the proper eyewear to make sure vision is protected.
American statistics show that there are 40,000 sports-related eye injuries every year that are serious enough to land these patients in emergency care. If you like math, that is one child emergency eye case every 13 minutes. And, experts say that about 90% of those injuries could be prevented just by wearing protective eyewear.
So, how do you get your child to agree to wear protective eyewear when nobody else on their team or in their club is wearing it? Start at the top. Get coaches and club leaders involved, talk to the other parents, and make this a required part of the team or club uniform. If every kid is participating, it will be easier for your child to sign on to this, and every kid will be protected too.
Once everyone has subscribed to the addition of protective eyewear, or even if your child is the only one, let your namesakes do some shopping. Look together online at options or go to an actual store and try some on together. If they are allowed to choose the style and color themselves, then they will be more invested in wearing the glasses.
If your child’s activity is outdoors, make sure that you get some glasses that serve two purposes. They should be sunglasses that block UV rays and also be sturdy to provide protection to their eyes.
If yours is more focused on inside activities that include screen time, they can still benefit from protective eyewear, just a different kind. Glasses with no prescription can be purchased now for people who spend a lot of time on-screen. The lenses in computer glasses are pigmented to block blue light from entering the eyes, which protects from blue light damage. If your child needs a prescription pair of glasses, their lenses can be tinted to block blue light as well.
Broken arms and legs are common ailments in adolescents, and these can be corrected with casts or sometimes surgery when more serious. Vision and eyes, however, cannot be fixed when permanent damage has been done. Set your kids up for success and take on the preventative practice of wearing protective eyewear during activities.