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Protective Eyewear

Protective eyewear

Whether you're on the basketball court, in chemistry class, or sitting by the pool, wearing protective eyewear is the best way to keep your eyes healthy and injury-free. In fact, the majority of eye injuries can be prevented by wearing the right protective eyewear. Check out the list of activities below to see what you need to protect your eyes.

Play basketball or soccer?

Wear sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses.

Going for a bike ride?

Always wear a helmet. You'll also want sunglasses or glasses with clear lenses to protect your eyes from the wind and any bugs.

Play baseball?

If you're up to bat, wear a helmet with an attached faceguard. If you're fielding, wear sports goggles.

Swimming or playing water sports?

Wear swim goggles to protect your eyes from dirt, germs and bacteria, and pool chemicals.

Spending time in the sun?

Wear your sunglasses. They protect your eyes from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can damage your eyes. Pick sunglasses that block 99% or 100% of both UVA and UVB radiation.

Are you a paintball pro?

Always wear your paintball goggles or mask.

Play ice hockey?

You need a face mask or polycarbonate guard that's attached to a helmet.

Are you a football player?

Always wear your helmet with an attached face shield.

Play lacrosse?

Girls need protective goggles but have the option to wear headgear with full face protection. Boys are required to wear a helmet with a full face mask. So are goalies, regardless of whether you're a boy or a girl.

Into field hockey?

Goalies need helmets with a full face mask. All other players should wear sports goggles. Girls' lacrosse goggles also work for field hockey.

Into a racquet sport like squash or racquetball?

Wear sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses.

Mowing the lawn?

Pick up trash or anything that could fly into your eyes while mowing, and remember to wear safety goggles.

Using chemicals in chemistry class?

Look like a real scientist by wearing your splash-proof goggles or safety glasses. You can also wear these when using cleaning products at home.

Do you fence?

You need to wear a wire mesh mask so your whole face is protected.

Ask a Scientist: Perfect Vision and Glasses

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This video features Dr. Rachel Bishop explains the concept of "perfect vision," how glasses work, and how we can tell if we need glasses.

Last updated: June 10, 2022