Every 13 minutes an emergency room in the U.S. treats a sports-related eye injury. These injuries range from corneal abrasions and bruising of the eyelid to internal eye injuries such as retinal detachments and internal bleeding. The good news is that the vast majority of these injuries are easily preventable with the use of protective eyewear.
When many people think of the types of sports where protective eyewear should be used, they think of sports like hockey and football. However, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Optometric Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics all strongly recommend the use of protective eyewear for participants of any sport in which there is a risk of eye injury. In other words, if there is a risk that something or someone could hit the eye while participating in the sport, protective eyewear should be worn.
Here are some tips to consider when choosing your protective eyewear:
While your focus should primarily be on preventing eye injuries, there are a few Do’s and Don’ts you should know in case an eye injury occurs.
If you experience a sports-related eye injury, you should seek out the help of an eye care professional as soon as possible, because in many cases, waiting can result in further damage to the eye. To learn more please visit milaneyecenter.com or give us a call at 678-681-9834.
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