According to the National Eye Institute, every 13 minutes an emergency room in the United States treats a sports-related eye injury. And, eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in the United States, while most eye injuries among kids aged 11 to 14 occur while playing sports. Fortunately, many injuries may be avoided by wearing proper eye protection.
Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest non-profit eye health organization has declared September as Sports Eye Safety Month to help educate the public on the best ways to keep eyes healthy while playing sports. For those who wear prescription glasses, an eye doctor can provide a prescription for safe and effective sports protective eyewear. Monocular athletes (those with only one eye that sees well) should consult an eye doctor about what sports are safe to participate in.
“The first step towards preventing eye injuries from sports should be a visit to an eyecare professional,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “An eyecare expert can recommend the best types of eye protection based on the sport and an individual’s eyecare needs.”
Bella Eye Care Optometry carries both Wiley X and Rec Specs sports eyewear for adults and children.
Eye injuries from any sport may include infection, corneal abrasions, fracture of the eye socket, swollen or detached retinas or a traumatic cataract. Eye injuries from water sports may include eye infections and irritations, and scratches or trauma from other swimmers.
If an eye injury does occur, Prevent Blindness provides the following recommendations.
For foreign objects in the eye:
For blows to the eye:
For cuts and punctures of the eye and eyelid:
Of course, we are here to help you and schedule a follow-up exam for any non-emergency eye injury. Click here to schedule an appointment