Prevent Blindness Declares September as Sports Eye Safety Month in Effort to Help Keep Athlete’s Eyes Healthy
According to the National Eye Institute, every 13 minutes an emergency room in the United States treats a sports-related eye injury. And, eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in the United States, while most eye injuries among kids aged 11 to 14 occur while playing sports. Fortunately, many injuries may be avoided by wearing proper eye protection.
Prevent Blindness has declared September as Sports Eye Safety Month to help educate the public on the best ways to keep eyes healthy while playing sports. For those who wear prescription glasses, an eye doctor can provide a prescription for safe and effective sports protective eyewear. Monocular athletes (those with only one eye that sees well) should consult an eye doctor about what sports are safe to participate in.
“The first step towards preventing eye injuries from sports should be a visit to an eyecare professional,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “An eyecare expert can recommend the best types of eye protection based on the sport and an individual’s eyecare needs.”
Eye injuries from any sport may include infection, corneal abrasions, fracture of the eye socket, swollen or detached retinas or a traumatic cataract. Eye injuries from water sports may include eye infections and irritations, and scratches or trauma from other swimmers.
If an eye injury does occur, Prevent Blindness provides the following recommendations.
For foreign objects in the eye:
For blows to the eye:
For cuts and punctures of the eye and eyelid:
Liberty Sport and Prevent Blindness are once again partnering during September’s Sports Eye Safety Month. To download free materials, including the Sports Eye Safety Guide, visit: https://www.libertysport.com/sports-eye-safety-guide. For additional educational tools on the importance of eye safety during sports, contact Angela Gerber, Liberty Sport, at (973) 882-0986 x972 or [email protected].
For more information on sports eye injury prevention, please call Prevent Blindness at (800) 331-2020, or visit www.preventblindness.org/sports-eye-safety.