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Safeguard Your Eyesight

Pickleball instructor on outdoor court surrounded by players learning the game.

By Casey Kay, Assistant Director of Racquet Sports, Piedmont Driving Club

Protective eyewear is an important safety precaution when playing pickleball. The fast-paced nature of the game, with the ball traveling at high speeds and players moving quickly around the court, can result in accidental eye injuries if proper eye protection is not worn. When all four players are at the kitchen and in proximity, along with opponents not always having full control over where they place their shots, you often can find a pickleball flying at your face.

Wearing protective eyewear can help prevent common injuries, such as scratches or abrasions to the cornea, as well as more serious injuries ranging from blunt trauma to a detached retina. The small size of the pickleball and the force with which it is hit can cause significant damage if it were to strike a player’s eyes.
Additionally, wearing eye protection can protect players from dust, dirt, and debris that may be present on outdoor courts. This can help to avert irritation or infection and ensure that players can continue to enjoy the game without any discomfort.

In conclusion, wearing protective eyewear while playing pickleball is a simple yet crucial safety measure that can help prevent potential eye injuries and ensure a safe and enjoyable playing experience for all. It is always better to be safe than sorry, so don’t forget to put on your eye protection before hitting the court.


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