AOA SVS reminds members to gear up for spring sports

April 16, 2013

The AOA Sports Vision Section reminds AOA optometrists to help their patients protect their eyes with proper sports eyewear.

As spring sports gear up, ODs can help patients and local teams protect athletes’ eyes and vision by keeping street eyewear off the playing field.

Conventional frames and lenses often do not meet the minimum requirements for impact resistance in most sports, which can turn a small collision into a sight-threatening injury.

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) sets standards for protective eyewear in many of the top American sports. The AOA provides a list at www.aoa.org/x7679.xml for members to distribute to patients.

Visit the AOA Sports Vision Section online at www.aoa.org/svs for more information on a wide variety of sports vision topics and resources.

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