April is Sports Eye Safety Month. That means focusing on injuries related to sports. Sports injuries are common among children and the best thing we can do is prevent an injury before it happens, including wearing safety/sports goggles. These are different from glasses. Make sure they have a polycarbonate (shatter resistant) lens material.
According to the AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology), as many as 30,000 sports-related injuries are treated annually. 90% of serious injuries can be prevented with protective eyewear. The most common sports with eye injuries include basketball, baseball, and racquetball. However, eye protection can prevent injury from dust, debris, moving objects, dirt, and sand in other sports as well.
The most common sports injuries include:
- Corneal abrasion (scratch on the front surface of the eye)
- Traumatic iritis (inflammation of the colored part of the eye)
- Hyphema (bleeding in the front of the eye)
If you experience any type of eye injury, please don’t delay treatment. Talk to your eye care professional about your next steps to prevent vision loss.