According to the National Eye Institute, sports and recreational-related eye injuries result in an estimated 100,000 physician visits costing over $175 per year in the U.S. alone. The Coalition to Prevent Sports Eye Injuries says that the following sports are considered a high-to-moderate risk of eye injury: basketball, baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, soccer, volleyball, water polo, football, air rifle, BB gun, paintball, boxing, martial arts, cricket, squash, racquetball, fencing, badminton, golf and fishing.

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Fishing, really? Yep! In fact, injuries from fishing make up over 9% of all sports-related injuries. Of that 9%, a hook in the eye accounts for 38% of injuries and a sinker or body of a lure striking the eye causes 44%. (The majority of the remaining 18% come largely in the form of overuse injuries.) While the reason remains unclear, eye injuries from fishing have surpassed those from basketball as the No. 1 sports-related eye injury, according to and the U.S. Eye Injury Registry.

Dr. Tom Parr corroborates this fact by noting that fishing has in fact become the most common cause of sports-related eye injuries seen in America’s emergency rooms. Dr. Parr further notes that According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), wearing regular sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses fails to provide enough eye protection to protect the eye from the impact of a flying fishing lure.

So how can these injuries be prevented? By wearing eyewear that is impact resistant. Models such as the following not only provide the ultimate in protection against flying hooks and sinkers but also protect eyes against 99% of harmful rays from the sun. These models have polycarbonate lenses and a wraparound style that provide full, impact-resistant protection.

In addition to protecting serious eye injury while fishing and providing protection against the sun’s harmful rays, polarized fishing sunglasses can also enhance visibility in all lighting conditions. For the numerous benefits they can provide, every angler should get Hooked on Polarized Fishing Sunglasses.

So, while fishing may not be the most dangerous sport for the body as a whole, the fact that a larger number of eye injuries come when fishing than when participating in any other sport, is certainly eye opening. Hopefully, this information motivates anglers to protect their eyes not just from the sun’s rays but from their own fishing gear as well.

By | 2017-06-02T18:09:19+00:00 June 6th, 2012|All Posts, Safety Articles, Safety Tips|1 Comment

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Michael Eldridge is a US Marine Veteran and the founder of He’s passionate about protective eyewear and promoting vision safety. In his spare time, he enjoys target shooting, fishing, CrossFit, mountain biking, camping with his family and watching Detroit Tigers baseball.

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