Protective Eyewear for Athletes

by | Jul 25, 2013 | News

Sports Eyewear Protection
Injuries are a risk we all take when participating in sports.  Sprained ankles, broken bones, bruises – they are all par for the course.  So are injuries to the eye. 

Since the smallest collision has the potential to turn into a sight-threatening injury, the AOA is offering the following tips to ensure optimal eye and vision safety while playing sports:

  • Always wear protective eyewear during team or contact sports, especially those that require an apparatus such as lacrosse or ice and field hockey.
  • Keep street eyewear off the playing field. Conventional frames and lenses often do not meet the minimum requirements for impact resistance in most sports.
  • When shopping for protective eyewear, make sure the equipment conforms to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specifications for that particular sport.

There are well-defined standards for protective eyewear for the playing field. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) sets standards for protective eyewear in many of the top American sports. When shopping for products for your athlete, make sure the equipment conforms to the following ASTM specifications: (more at www.astm.org)

SPORTASTM STANDARD
Baseball – Batting/Base RunningF910 (face guard attached to the helmet)
Baseball – FieldingF803 for Baseball, age ranges are specified
Softball – Batting/Base RunningF910 (face guard attached to the helmet)
Softball – FieldingF803 for baseball, age ranges are specified
BasketballF803 for basketball, age ranges are specified
Field HockeyF803 for women’s lacrosse
Ice HockeyF513 (face mask on helmet)
Ice Hockey – GoalieF1587 (face mask on helmet)
Street HockeyF513 (must be HECC or CSA Certified)
Men’s LacrosseNOCSAE (face mask attached to helmet)
Women’s LacrosseF803 for women’s lacrosse
SquashF803 for women’s lacrosse
RacquetballF803 for Racquetball
PaintballF1776
Air RifleANSI Z87/military ballistic test for eye armor
BB GunANSI Z87/military ballistic test for eye armor
Full Contact Martial ArtsNot available/not permitted in the sport
BoxingNot available/not permitted in the sport
FencingProtector with neck bib
CricketF803 for baseball
SoccerF803 for any sport
FootballPolycarbonate eye shield attached to helmet
TennisF803 or CSA Standard P400
VolleyballF803 for basketball
GolfFashion eyewear with polycarbonate lenses*
Water PoloPolycarbonate swim goggles
BadmintonF803 or CSA Standard P400
Paddle TennisF803 or CSA Standard P400
HandballF803 or CSA Standard P400
FishingFashion eyewear with polycarbonate lenses*
BicyclingHelmet + fashion eyewear with polycarb. lenses*
SwimmingStandard swim goggles
Wrestlingnot available/not permitted in the sport
SkiingFashion eyewear with polycarbonate lenses*
DivingStandard swim goggles
Track & FieldFashion eyewear with polycarbonate lenses*
GymnasticsFashion eyewear with polycarbonate lenses*

*or Trivex™ lenses

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