Athletes need to choose and wear proper protective eyewear because eye injuries can be devastating, not just career ending, but life changing. Eye injuries are one of the leading causes of visual impairment in children
Lancaster, MA (PRWEB) April 6, 2011
D'Ambrosio Eye Care wishes to announce that the American Academy of Ophthalmology has designated April as Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month. An estimated 40,000 sports eye injuries occur every year. The majority of those being affected by sports eye injuries are children and teenagers, too many of whom suffer permanent visual impairment.
"Athletes need to choose and wear proper protective eyewear because eye injuries can be devastating, not just career ending, but life changing. Eye injuries are one of the leading causes of visual impairment in children," commented Francis A. D'Ambrosio, Jr., M.D., a Boston area eye physician and surgeon and Medical Director of D'Ambrosio Eye Care.
Athletes can now choose from various types of sturdy, lightweight, effective and fashionable eyewear. By incorporating polycarbonate lenses that have been properly fitted by an eye care professional, protective eyewear does not hinder performance and can prevent 90 percent of sports eye injuries.
Basketball, football, hockey and baseball aren't the only sports that contribute to the thousands of eye injuries suffered each year. Soccer, tennis, golf and water sports also are dangerous to the eyes. Each of these sports requires a different type of protective eyewear, so see a qualified eye care professional to select protective eyewear appropriate for your sport.
Parents should note that while the long-term benefits of playing sports are clear, sports are the leading cause of eye injuries in children. Most sporting leagues don't require their young athletes to wear eye protection, yet when they do, the occurrence of eye injuries is greatly reduced. So, until mandatory eye protection comes to your child's sporting league, it's up to you to lobby for and protect your young athlete.
"Children and adults can end up with injuries ranging from abrasions of the cornea and bruises of the lids to internal eye injuries such as retinal detachments and internal bleeding. Unfortunately, some of these athletes end up with permanent vision loss and blindness-90% of which is preventable through the selection and wearing of proper eyewear," reiterated Dr. D'Ambrosio, Jr.
D'Ambrosio Eye Care is a leading Massachusetts eye care practice with offices in Lancaster, Acton and Gardner, staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and Intraocular Lens Implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, management of eye inflammation, ocular inflammatory disease and uveitis and diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration, diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses and optical services.
Francis A. D'Ambrosio, Jr., M.D. is a founding member of the LASIK Eye Surgery Patient Information and LASIK Surgeon Directory at seewithlasik.com and the Cataract Surgery, Intraocular Lens Implant (IOL) and Cataract Surgeon Directory at aboutcataractsurgery.com.
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Jude Seppa, D'Ambrosio Eye Care, 479 Old Union Turnpike, Lancaster, MA 01523 Judith.Seppa@dambrosioeyecare.com, 1.800.325.3937x345. Follow our blog at http://dambrosioeyecare.blogspot.com or Fan us at http://www.facebook.com/dambrosioeyecare
SOURCE: Medical Management Services Group, L.L.C