Help protect your young athlete's vision.

Eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children, according to the National Institutes of Health. Many of those injuries occur while youngsters are playing sports. September, which is recognized as Sports Eye Safety Month, is a great opportunity for parents to make sure that children have proper eye protection for each sport in which they participate.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital recommends protective eyewear made from polycarbonate lenses for soccer, lacrosse, hockey, basketball, racquetball and paintball.

WebMD offers the following suggestions for choosing protective sports eyewear:

Buy eye guards at a sports store or optical store, and have someone familiar with your eyesight and the sport fit them. Make sure lenses are secure. If one pops inward, it could damage your eye. Look for cushioning along the eyebrows and the edge of the nose to avoid cuts or scratches from the glasses.

For more eye safety information, check out these articles from Prevent Blindness Ohio and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.