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You risk injury if you’re forgetting this important piece of protective equipment.

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Most athletes don’t think twice about suiting up with a helmet, padding or other protective gear before heading out on the field, court or rink. But there’s one important piece of equipment that’s often neglected – and that’s protection for your eyes.

Why is it so important to protect your eyes when playing sports? Because emergency rooms in the U.S. treat sports-related eye injuries every 13 minutes, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

More than 90% of sports-related eye injuries are preventable. Answer true or false to the following statements for tips on how to protect your peepers from injury.

“Eye protection is easily overlooked when it comes to sports, hobbies, and yard work.  Have the foresight to protect your eyesight and wear approved safety glasses for your chosen activity.”

-Adam C. Martin, OD, Optometry 

Eye Injury Prevention

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