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Parents’ pages: Keep an eye on safety

Playing baseball may be a hazard to your child—if he or she gets hit in the eye with the ball. But it’s not just America’s favorite pastime that can be dangerous—all kinds of sports, including paintball, soccer, tennis, golf and even water sports, are among the leading causes of eye injuries in kids. The types of injuries range from corneal abrasions to eyelid bruises and internal eye injuries. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, your young athlete should wear sport-appropriate eyewear, such as goggles or a face guard that you can buy in any sports specialty shop or department store. Properly fitted eyewear won’t hurt your athlete’s on-field performance and, most important, may even prevent 90 percent of injuries.