PROTECT. PREVENT. PLAY.  Emphasizes Importance of Proper Protective Sports Eyewear for Athletes of all Ages

Monroe, NJ (April 5, 2021) – The International Sports Vision Association (ISVA) and Zyloware Eyewear, today announced the launch of Protect. Prevent. Play., a new educational resource designed to help eye care professionals educate parents, coaches, teachers, athletic trainers and athletes of all ages and skill levels about the importance of wearing appropriate protective eyewear to help reduce the chance of eye injury.

“About 30,000 sports-related eye injuries serious enough to end in a visit to the emergency room occur each year in the United States, and the majority happen to those under the age of 181,” says ISVA president Alex Andrich, OD, FCOVD. Authors of one study found that 24.4% of all pediatric eye injuries treated in US emergency departments were related to sports and recreation.2

“In the blink of an eye, an athlete can fall victim to a catastrophic eye injury that can affect his/her vision and eye health for years to come,” warns Dr. Andrich. “As Eye Care Professionals, it is our responsibility to educate our patients that no matter their age or skill level, wearing proper protective sports eyewear is as important as putting on other protective gear such as helmets and pads.”

More than 90% of sports- and recreation-related eye injuries can be prevented by using appropriate eye and facial protection.3  “Every-day dresswear eyeglasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses don’t offer adequate protection to guard against potential eye injuries and can actually make an injury worse,” explains ISVA Advisory Board member Jennifer Stewart, OD.  “Although eye protection can’t prevent every injury, the use of proper eye protection has helped to reduce the number and severity of eye injuries.”

Protect. Prevent. Play. includes information about types of sports related eye trauma, what to do (and not do) following an eye injury, along with important information about selecting the proper protective eyewear for the sport(s) you play. This patient education resource can be found on the ISVA website at,  along with a downloadable PDF practitioners can post on their websites or print for distribution in their offices.

“ISVA and Zyloware Eyewear share a common commitment to helping reduce the risk of traumatic vision and head-related injuries through education about protective devices and equipment,” says Zyloware Eyewear Co-CEO/COO James Shyer.   “Our SHAQ® EYE GEAR Protector Collection is compliant with the newly published ASTM International standards for prescription and plano protective sport eyewear and is tested and approved by an accredited independent testing laboratory.”

When recommending sports protective eyewear, Eye Care Professionals should make sure the appropriate ASTM standard designation for the sport an athlete plays is on the product, according to  optical engineer Dale Pfriem, president, ICS Laboratories, Brunswick, Ohio, and chairman of ASTM Subcommittee F08.57 on Eye Safety for Sports.

“Eye injury risk is related to the particular type of sport you play,” he says. “Protective sports eyewear should be designed and manufactured to meet or exceed applicable US (ASTM) impact protection standards. Each sport has a specific ASTM standard, which prescribes specific impact testing to best determine the eyewear’s ability to prevent an ocular injury in consideration of the unique elements of play and equipment associated with a particular sport.”

“It is encouraging to see the standards for eye protection keep pace with the latest advancements in different rules, equipment and styles of play for specific sports,” says Dr. Andrich. “This will better enable eye care practitioners to make sure their athletes have the proper protective eyewear for the sport(s) they play.


The International Sports Vision Association (ISVA) is an interdisciplinary group of professionals dedicated to advancing the field of vision training for athletes of all ages and levels to help them achieve peak athletic performance. Vision, just like speed and strength, is a critical component in how well you play any sport. A growing body of evidence confirms that visual abilities can be strengthened and enhanced by means of appropriate visual training. For further information, visit


Since 1923, Zyloware has been a leading American source for eyewear, sunglasses and optical accessories. Priding itself on quality, service and customer satisfaction, Zyloware is the oldest family owned and operated optical company in the industry and is in its third generation of family management.  Known as an optical innovator, Zyloware leads the industry in original product development and branding initiatives with its in-house teams including design, marketing, quality control and customer service.   Zyloware’s SHAQ EYE GEAR Protector Collection is a protective sport eyewear collection for people of all ages who want to help protect their vision during participation in sports and leisure time activities.


  1. Kids most likely to suffer sport-related eye injuries. Source: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,, Accessed 3/1/2021
  2. Pollard KA, Xiang H, Smith GA, Pediatric eye injuries treated in US emergency departments, 1990-2009. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2012;51(4):374–381pmid:22199176
  3. Miller, K et al. Pediatric Sports- and Recreation-Related Eye Injuries Treated in US Emergency Departments, Pediatrics, February 2018

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