April is Sports Eye Safety Month

April is Sports Eye Safety Month

 

Many eye injuries occur each year that are related to sports. Sports such as racquetball, tennis, baseball, hockey, golf, water sports and more are all potential risks for eye injuries. Sports-related injuries can range from corneal abrasions and bruises on the lids to graver, vision-threatening internal injuries, like retinal detachment and internal bleeding.

April is sports eye safety month and in support of that, all of us at SNEAD Eye Group want to promote the need to wear protective eyewear especially when participating in sports or recreational activities. Most sports related eye injuries can be prevented by wearing proper eye protection.

With the arrival of spring, adults and children want to get outside and get active and we get it because we do too!  We want everyone to enjoy spring and participating in sports just remember prevention is the answer to protection.  Unfortunately, many eye injuries are just caused by carelessness. It is so important to make eye safety and eye protection a priority so please keep that in mind when running out of the house for that next game.

We would like to offer some assistance for people of all ages by sharing some tips to prevent eye injuries.

  • Wear the correct eye protection!

Wear protection with shatterproof polycarbonate lenses. This is essential for children and adults participating in basketball, racquet sports, soccer and field hockey.

  • Your regular glasses are not enough

Regular prescription glasses can break or even shatter if they are hit by another player, a ball, or other flying objects. If you wear glasses, try sports goggles on top of your regular glasses to protect your eyes and your frames.

  • Always make sure your protective eyewear is not too old!

If your eye protection is turning yellow, weak or showing signs of aging, it is time to buy new eye protection! General aging and lots of wear and tear may cause your eye protection to lose effectiveness (which defeats the purpose right?) So again, be sure to replace your eyewear if it appears to be aging.

Anyone who experiences a sports eye injury should immediately visit an ophthalmologist, a physician specializing in medical and surgical eye care.