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Avoiding Sports Related Eye Injuries

Category: General Eye Health

Published: 2016-10-17

Have you ever wondered how professional athletes keep their eyes safe? Many sports come with a high risk of injury, but eye injuries can be particularly damaging. That is why full-time athletes take the time to protect their eyes from potential injuries. Whether your interest in sports is recreational or a career, finding the right protective eyewear is a must for keeping your eyesight safe from harm. Schaeffer Eye Center can help you find the best protective eyewear for your sport of choice.

How common are sports-related eye injuries?

Every year, more than 40,000 people wind up in the emergency room with sports-related injuries to their eyes. The activities responsible for the highest number of eye injuries include basketball, baseball, and racquet sports such as tennis. The most common eye injury is blunt trauma, caused when the eyes are directly struck and damaged. Radiation injuries, caused by failure to protect your eyes from the sun, are common in water sports such as water skiing.

How can sports-related eye injuries be prevented?

The vast majority of the eye injuries that are sustained during recreational activities are entirely preventable. However, you should be aware that helmets and faceguards are not sufficient to protect your eyes. The surest way to avoid an eye injury is to use protective eyewear such as eye guards or safety goggles. It is important to make sure that your eyewear uses lenses that are made of 3-mm polycarbonate lenses, which both block the sun’s ultraviolet rays and protect your eyes against impact. Since these lenses are extremely light and thin, they will not burden or distract you while you are participating in sports. If you already wear glasses or contact lenses, protective eyewear can be fitted to your prescription.

At Schaeffer Eye Center, we offer high-quality protective eyewear to help you perform well on the field, including brands such as Kaenon and Vuarnet. We have been Alabama’s most trusted vision care provider for more than three decades. For more information on sports vision safety and frame selections call us today at (877) 223-9776.