Sports Related Eye Injuries Can Be Prevented - Protective Eyewear is Key to Vision Safety

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April is Sports Eye Safety Month and every year more than 40,000 eye related injuries during sports and recreational activities take place. An alarming statistic is that one-third of those eye-injuries take place with school-aged children. Dr. Sandy T. Feldman of ClearView Eye & Laser Medical Center stresses that that the only way to prevent a sports-related eye injury is to always wear the appropriate protective eyewear that is properly fitted by your local eye doctor. “As an ophthalmologist, I urge everyone to always wear the appropriate protective eyewear during any sports related activity,” said Dr. Feldman. “It’s a true tragedy when serious eye injuries like permanent vision loss or blindness occur that could have been prevented by simply wearing protective eyewear,” continued Dr. Feldman. The slightest blow to the eye area that causes bruising or pain can most definitely create a vision problem if not checked out immediately by a doctor.

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As an ophthalmologist, I urge everyone to always wear the appropriate protective eyewear during any sports related activity

April is Sports Eye Safety Month and every year more than 40,000 eye related injuries during sports and recreational activities take place. An alarming statistic is that one-third of those eye-injuries take place with school-aged children. Dr. Sandy T. Feldman of ClearView Eye & Laser Medical Center stresses that that the only way to prevent a sports-related eye injury is to always wear the appropriate protective eyewear that is properly fitted by your local eye doctor. “As an ophthalmologist, I urge everyone to always wear the appropriate protective eyewear during any sports related activity,” said Dr. Feldman. “It’s a true tragedy when serious eye injuries like permanent vision loss or blindness occur that could have been prevented by simply wearing protective eyewear,” continued Dr. Feldman. The slightest blow to the eye area that causes bruising or pain can most definitely create a vision problem if not checked out immediately by a doctor.

The different types of injuries that can occur during sports related eye injuries range from abrasions [scratches] of the cornea [front surface of the eye] and bruises of the lids to certain internal eye injuries like internal bleeding. Fortunately, almost all sports-related eye injuries can be prevented by wearing sport-specific protective eyewear. What is key is to choose eye protection that has been tested to meet the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards. The many sports where proper eye protection is widely available include; hockey, football, lacrosse, water polo along with racquetball, soccer and downhill skiing.

The slightest blow to the eye area that causes bruising or pain can most definitely create a vision problem if not checked out immediately by a doctor. To this point, Dr. Feldman wants to create more awareness with parents, children and athletes about the critical importance around this timely health topic. “Being preventative can not only alleviate injury to your eyes, but could very possibly save your eyesight”, says Dr. Feldman.

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