May is Healthy Vision Month

Keeping Your Eyes Healthy: Use protective eyewear

Protective Eyewear

Keep your eyes protected when doing chores around the house, playing sports, or on the job.

Did you know that each day, about 2,000 U.S. workers have a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment? Or that every 13 minutes, an ER in the United States treats a sports-related eye injury? Protecting your eyes with the right eyewear can prevent those injuries from happening—that includes safety glasses, goggles, safety shields, and eye guards that are made of polycarbonate, which is 10 times stronger than other plastics.

Many eye care providers sell protective eyewear, as do some sporting goods stores. Eyewear should sit comfortably on the face, so talk to your eye care provider about the appropriate type of protective eyewear for our sport or job.

For more information on protective eyewear requirements for each sport, visit: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have guidelines for eye safety at work.

Looking for more resources? Check out NEI’s information about sports eye injury and protective eyewear, including drop-in articles, PowerPoint presentations, and more.