Magazine article Parks & Recreation

The Eyes Have It

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

The Eyes Have It

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According to the American Academy of Op hthalmology, 100,000 sports-related eye injuries occurred in 1996. Of these injuries, 90 percent could have been prevented had the athlete been fitted with protective eyewear. The most common injuries suffered were abrasions and contusions, detached retinas, and corneal lacerations.

Although baseball leads the pack as the No. 1 sport for eye damage, any activity that involves ocular contact with a ball can place an athlete at risk. This includes, among others, football, basketball, golf, and tennis. In fact, for athletes ages 24 and older, racquet sports are responsible for the majority of eye injuries.

To this end, Bolle, the world's No. 2 brand of sports eyewear, in particular the tennis-specific Competivision sunglass, was named the official eyewear supplier to the officials and linespeople at this year's French Open Tennis Championships. According to Gary Kiedaisch, Bolle president and CEO, the endorsement is part of the company's campaign to emphasize the importance of eye protection. …

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