It’s that time of year as the kids head back to school and team sports for all of us become a part of our weeks. That’s why September is Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month. Eye injuries from any sport may include infection, corneal abrasions, fracture of the eye socket, swollen or detached retinas or a traumatic cataract.
According to recent annual data from Prevent Blindness, more eye injuries occur from water and pool activities than any other sport. Basketball is the second highest cause of sports-related eye injury. Basketball is followed by the use of guns (air, gas, spring and BB), darts, arrows and slingshots, and baseball/softball.
As part of September’s Sports Eye Safety Awareness month, Prevent Blindness has these recommendations for parents, teachers, school nurses, coaches and others:
“Most eye injuries from sports can be prevented with the proper eye protection,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “An eye accident only takes an instant to impact your vision for a lifetime. We encourage everyone to speak with an eye care professional on the best eye protection options for any sport.”
See us for eye protection and if you sustain an injury, let our doctors examine your eyes as soon as possible.
image courtesy of Prevent Blindness