Prevent Blindness America Urges Players to Use Proper Eye Protection While Competing in College Basketball Tournament
CHICAGO (March 14, 2013)– In anticipation of the upcoming NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship tournaments, Prevent Blindness America is urging players to keep their eyes healthy by wearing the proper eye protection. According to the nationalnon-profit, eye health and safety organization, basketball is the leading cause of sports-related eye injuries among those ages 15 and older.
In addition, The Coalition to Prevent Sports Eye Injuries reports that one in 10 college basketball players suffer an eye injury each season. Eye injuries can include corneal abrasions, blunt trauma and penetrating injuries, inflamed iris, fracture of the eye socket, swollen or detached retinas, traumatic cataract and blood spilling into the eye's anterior chamber. Some eye injuries may be serious enough to cause permanent vision loss.
Wearing the proper eye protection can prevent most eye injuries. Prevent Blindness America provides the following tips on how to purchase the right kind of eye protection for all athletes:
“An eye injury can happen in a split-second, but the effects can last a lifetime,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America. “We want to advise all those playing any sport anywhere to make sure that eye protection is always part of the uniform.”
For more information on sports eye injury prevention and information on sport-specific eye protection recommendations, please call Prevent Blindness America at (800) 331-2020, or visit preventblindness.org/sports-eye-safety.