Mandatory protective eyewear for field hockey was only recently implemented nationally but has it made a difference in decreasing eye injuries since then? Kriz et al. (doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-0216) achieved their goal of answering this question by reviewing injury rates in states before and after implementation of a national mandate for protective eye wear.
Even before the mandate, states that required protective eye wear were already demonstrating lower injury rates and after the mandate, the reductions are dramatic—not just for eye injuries but for overall face and head injuries as well.
Sadly concussion remains a problem, raising the question of whether mandatory helmets are the next step in injury reduction in this sport. To learn more about the types of injuries that still occur with protective eyewear and those that are dramatically reduced, put your best face forward and eyeball this study to learn more.