Recommended Sports Eye Protectors

Prevent Blindness America recommends that athletes wear sports eyeguards when participating in sports. Prescription glasses, sunglasses and even occupational safety glasses do not provide adequate protection.

Eye injuries are common in the following sports, so it's important to know what kind of protective eyewear is appropriate for each activity.

Baseball ► Baseball ▼

Recommended protection:

  • Faceguard (attached to helmet) made of polycarbonate material
  • Sports eyeguards

Injuries prevented:

  • Scratches on the cornea
  • Inflamed iris
  • Blood spilling into the eye's anterior chamber
  • Traumatic cataract
  • Swollen retina

Basketball ► Basketball ▼

Recommended protection:

  • Sports eyeguards

Injuries prevented:

  • Fracture of the eye socket
  • Scratches on the cornea
  • Inflamed iris
  • Blood spilling into the eye's anterior chamber
  • Swollen retina

Soccer ► Soccer ▼

Recommended protection:

  • Sports eyeguards

Injuries prevented:

  • Inflamed iris
  • Blood spilling into the eye's anterior chamber
  • Swollen retina

Football ► Football ▼

Recommended protection:

  • Polycarbonate shield attached to a faceguard
  • Sports eyeguards

Injuries prevented:

  • Scratches on the cornea
  • Inflamed iris
  • Blood spilling into the eye's anterior chamber
  • Swollen retina

Hockey ► Hockey ▼

Recommended protection:

  • Wire or polycarbonate mask
  • Sports eyeguards
Injuries prevented:
  • Scratches on the cornea
  • Inflamed iris
  • Blood spilling into the eye's anterior chamber
  • Traumatic cataract
  • Swollen retina