206 Medical Care Way
Dothan Al 36303
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Children’s Eyes and Sports
If there's one thing that seems to be a key to success in sports, it's vision. But did you know you can improve your child's performance by improving some aspects of their vision? It's easy to recognize problems, and even easier to solve them. The following are some aspects of vision which can be the difference between victory and defeat,

You can help prevent your child from being sidelined because of a serious eye injury. You can make the decision to protect their eyes as well as the rest of their body by adding protective sport goggles to their equipment bag. While sport goggles provide significant protection, they cannot guarantee to be unbreakable or guard against all foreseeable impacts. However, a quality pair of sport goggles equipped with polycarbonate lenses can be sight savers since they help keep the eyes and surrounding ocular region safe. For kids who need corrective prescription lenses, we can make a pair of prescription lenses or non-prescription that fit into their sports goggles.

Children account for one third
of all sports-related eye injuries.

The most important thing when purchasing sports eyewear is selecting the right material for both the lenses and the frames. Injuries when playing sports can cause severe injury to the eye, but sports eyewear can help. Although the type of sport determines which eyewear is best for you, the basic principles are the same.

In children ages 11 to 14, a majority of the eye injuries suffered occur while playing sports.

More than 100,000 sports-related eye injuries occur annually in the U.S., and 42,000 of these injuries require an emergency room visit.​

According to a 2001 report by Prevent Blindness of America, every year, there are over 38,000 sports-related eye injuries requiring costly emergency room care.

This number is much larger when you consider the treatment of eye injuries not reported. School-aged competitors are particularly prone to eye injuries since their athletic skills (hand-eye coordination, balance, reaction time, and speed) are still being developed.

However, regardless of an individual’s age or skill level, every athlete’s eyes are targets for injury.

 Under most circumstances, at least 90% of sports-related eye injuries are preventable with the proper use of protective sports eyewear. That is why the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Optometric Association both strongly recommend protective eyewear for all participants in sports in which there is a risk of eye injury.


Nearly one-half of eye injuries require costly emergency room care. It's also important to remember that even if an eye injury seems to be minor; it may be serious. Symptoms like loss of vision or severe pain or tenderness in ducts around the eye require immediate medical attention.

Don't Be Duped! If your child plays a sport that requires a helmet or face guard, don't make the mistake of thinking your child's eyes are protected from injuries.

Your child's eyes are still exposed to danger from sports equipment or an opponent's fingers penetrating the openings of a face mask. Likewise, if your child wears glasses, everyday fashion eyewear is not held to the same protective standards as regular eyewear products labeled as protective eyewear for sport use.

The lens in your child's regular eyeglasses or sunglasses could easily pop out and puncture or cut the eye. An eyeglass frame or sunglasses mangled from impact could also injure the eyes and ocular region of the face.

Please have your child’s eyes checked annually.
Schedule your child's eye exam today.

Call for a Sports Specific Eyewear Consultation.
Get the tools you need to bring your child's athletic performance to another level. Sports eyewear that enhances vision and highlights your sports object can make all the difference in your sports performance and enjoyment. Plus the knowledge that your child has the best possible protection today will allow your child to have one less thing to worry about. Let our experienced professionals consult with you to get you what you need.

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Dothan Optometric Clinic
206 Medical Care Way
Dothan, AL 36303

(334) 794-8797
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