October is Eye Injury Prevention Month, Los Angeles Ophthalmologist Dr. Babak Shabatian Advises on Reducing the Risk of Eye Injuries

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Eye injuries are a common cause of visual impairment in the United States, second only to cataracts. Often, eye injuries are unexpected, and nearly half of all eye injuries occur at home. Los Angeles Eye Surgeon Dr. Babak Shabatian explains how the vast majority of eye injuries can be prevented by wearing protective eyewear.

Simply wearing protective eyewear can prevent the wearer from potentially devastating eye injuries, such as a vitreous hemorrhage, which can cause significant bleeding and impair vision and may require surgical treatment

Cleaning, cooking, or doing yard work might seem harmless, but a simple activity in the home is where nearly half of eye injuries occur. Although an American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) survey showed that many people thought eye injuries happened most frequently to those performing high-risk construction work or contact sports, the majority of eye injuries occur while performing everyday activities. From minor scrapes to the detachment of the retina, eye injuries can be prevented through wearing protective eyewear, said Los Angeles Eye Surgeon Dr. Babak Shabatian.

The AAO tracks eye injuries through their EyeSmart® campaign and determined that those most at risk are adults between the ages of 18 and 45, while males account for 73 percent of all eye injuries. Projectile objects, such as flying debris, or blunt objects, including construction hand tools, accounted for one-third of all reported injuries.

“Every household should have at least one pair of protective eyewear approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to use while doing projects at home,” said Dr. Shabatian. “Simply wearing protective eyewear can prevent the wearer from potentially devastating eye injuries, such as a vitreous hemorrhage, which can cause significant bleeding and impair vision and may require surgical treatment.”

Sports and recreation also put athletes at risk in sports, such as racquetball, golf, or basketball. In a news release earlier this year, the AAO estimated that sport-specific, protective eyewear could prevent 40,000 injuries each year . Eye protection certified by American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) is tested to withstand the impact of a ball or projectile object traveling 90 miles an hour, such as a hockey puck.

Dr. Shabatian advised that athletes consider wearing certified protective eyewear, especially while playing sports, when there are objects small enough to enter the eye and potentially cause damage to the bony eye socket. Medical care is possible in more than 75 percent of eye injury accidents, but it is important to protect the eyes from damage which can occur in an everyday setting.

“If you experience a blow to the eye causing pain leading to bleeding or a black eye, it’s important to seek medical help immediately or contact an ophthalmologist,” said Dr. Shabatian.


About Dr. Babak Shabatian
Dr. Babak Shabatian is a Board-Certified Ophthalmic Surgeon who practices comprehensive ophthalmology with a focus on advanced cataract surgery and LASIK. He received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and was Chief Resident at the prestigious North Shore – Long Island Jewish Hospital. He completed fellowship training in retina and vitreous diseases at SUNY Downstate and Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. He is frequently invited to lecture on topics of refractive and advanced cataract surgery. He has performed thousands of procedures with excellent and predictable results, and has a sense of compassion and positive energy with his patients. Dr. Shabatian states that eye surgery gives him the opportunity to transform lives in minutes, and he is committed to ensuring that his patients have a great experience at every level of their care.

About CaliEye
CaliEye has a team of committed, experienced professionals who offer only the greatest quality of care and safety to every one of our patients. Dr. Shabatian has performed thousands of procedures in Southern California using only the most state of the art equipment. CaliEye will address all of your questions and concerns with the highest level of respect and understanding. To learn more, call (310) 909-8880 or visit http://www.calieye.com.

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