Does your child wear glasses or need eye protection for sports? Apply for FREE safety eyewear and gear for sports and recreation!
“Eye injuries are a leading cause of blindness in children,” said Ohio Ophthalmological Society President, Dr. Kristopher Kelly. “Approximately 45,000 sports and recreation eye injuries occur each year and over half of those happen to children. We know that by just wearing protective gear, children can reduce the risk of hurting their eyes by 90 percent.”
Superspecs is dedicated to preventing eye injury in children, and the program is available all over Ohio! This state-wide program offers free protective eyewear to children ages 18 and younger. As a program created by the Ohio Ophthalmological Society, Superspecs provides helmets, fielders’ masks, non-prescription and prescription goggles, and vocational eyewear to thousands of children each year.
In 2019, they distributed nearly 20,000 pieces of equipment throughout all 88 counties in Ohio to over 80,000 children.
“In addition to supplying protective eyewear for sports, Superspecs protects kids’ eyes while they’re learning by supplying no-cost eye safety wear for vocational programs in dental hygiene, heating and air technology, engineering and architectural design, welding and fabrication, auto body collision and repair, and auto services,” said Kelly.
Apply for Free Safety Eyewear from Superspecs
Parents, teachers, and league administrators can apply online at www.superspecs.org. Complete multiple teams and classrooms request in one application.
For prescription googles, there are medical and/or income guidelines that must be met. Complete an application online for approval and make and appointment with a participating office (several participating offices in Central Ohio). The office will order the goggles and they will arrive in about 6 weeks.
School and sport league administrators can apply to receive vocational goggles, face masks, batting helmets, and non-prescription goggles.
Superspecs, formerly Play Hard Don’t Blink was created in 1999 by the Ohio Ophthalmological Society and has since outfitted more than two million Ohio children with protective eyewear. Superspecs is funded through the Ohio Department of Health’s Save Our Sight program and is the only program of its kind in the country. Interested schools, teams and individuals can learn more about Superspecs and how to receive free protective eyewear at www.superspecs.org.
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