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Game Face – Stats on eye injuries while participating in sports
- The National Eye Institute classifies baseball/softball, basketball, boxing, lacrosse, hockey, paintball and racquet sports as “high risk” for eye injury.
- More than 600,00 related to sports/recreation occur every year. This is about 15% of the 2.5 million eye injuries in the United States yearly.
- 1 in 18 college athletes will sustain an eye injury each season. This increases to 1 in 10 for basketball players.
- Basketball is the leading cause of eye injuries among 15 to 24 year old.
- Baseball is the leading cause of eye injuries in children under 14 years old.
- Most eye injuries among children ages 11 to 14 occur while playing sports.
- More than 90% of all eye injuries can be prevented with the use of protective eye wear.
- Protective eye wear is made of ultra-strong polycarbonate, which is 10 times more impact resistant than other plastics.