Safety Eyewear for Sports

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Most eye injuries can be prevented by wearing the right protection on the ice or on the field. CSA logo Protective eyewear includes polycarbonate visors attached to a helmet. Look for the CSA (Canadian Standards Association) logo on all protective eyewear.

Other tips for injury prevention:

  • Your eyewear should fit snugly.
  • Clean lenses with water or a lens-cleaning solution to float dirt away, rather than scratching it into the lens.
  • Choose eye protection with 3 mm polycarbonate lenses. Polycarbonate is impact resistant (10 times stronger than typical plastics and can resist a projectile at significantly high speeds). Polycarbonate lenses are also scratch resistant and better at transmitting light and providing clear vision and are the thinnest and lightest lenses available.
  • Inspect plastic visors or protectors for scratches that may limit vision or cracks that weaken the structural strength.
  • Be sure to use protective eyewear that was specifically designed for the sport in question.
  • Practice wearing your new face protector with the helmet before using it in a game. Watch television with it on, to get used to seeing through the mask.
  • Make sure the wire structure on your face protector is solid and there are no broken wires.
  • Never tamper with your equipment. Cutting the wire of a face mask dangerously weakens the whole structure. CSA certification assures protection with good peripheral vision. Loose chin straps or a thin liner reduces a helmet's ability to prevent a concussion.
  • If you are playing outside, don't forget UV protection for your eyes to protect them from the sun's harmful rays. Sunglasses with UV protection are available with our without prescription lenses and should be worn even on overcast days.