Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month in Maine

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Eyecare Medical Group recommends that recreational, as well as competitive athletes, need to choose and wear proper protective eyewear.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that 40,000 sports eye injuries occur every year. “We see our fair share of devastating, not just career ending, but life changing eye injuries each year,” said Retina Specialist Scott Steidl, M.D. of Eyecare Medical Group in Portland. “Unfortunately a great number of those being affected by sports eye injuries are teenagers and young adults, too many of whom suffer permanent visual impairment,” said Dr. Steidl . “Patients can end up with injuries ranging from abrasions of the cornea and bruises of the eyelids to internal eye injuries such as retinal detachments and internal bleeding,” commented Maine Retina Specialist Jackie Nguyen, M.D.

Recreational as well as competitive athletes need to choose and wear proper protective eyewear because eye injuries can be devastating. 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 your eye care professional to select protective eyewear appropriate for your sport.

“We would be pleased to recommend qualified Optometrists and Opticians throughout Maine who are able to provide the proper counseling and fitting of protective eyewear for sports. These eye care professionals can offer the range of options that will protect your eye health and vision and allow you to maintain your sports performance,” said Clement Berry, Chief Executive Officer of Eyecare Medical Group.

Eyecare Medical Group is a leading ophthalmology practice in Portland, Maine staffed by a team of eye care specialists including eye doctors who are fellowship trained glaucoma specialists, retina specialists, cornea specialists and cataract and lens implant specialists-all board certified Ophthalmologists-as well as 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, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma.

To learn more about Eyecare Medical Group in Portland Maine you may visit http://www.eyecaremed.com or http://www.facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup.

For additional information, contact:
Kathy Brackett, Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102, kbrackett(at)eyecaremed(dot)com, 1-888-374-2020

SOURCE: Medical Management Services Group, L.L.C.

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