September is SPORTS EYE SAFETY MONTH.
According to Prevent Blindness America, over 25,000 people seek treatment for sports-related eye injuries each year. These injuries can be prevented with proper eye protection.
Some sports-related eye injuries that may occur:
A corneal abrasion occurs when the cornea, the outermost clear portion of the eye that covers the iris, is scratched. These injuries can be very painful and can lead to infection if not treated properly.
Iritis is an inflammation of the iris, the colored part of the eye. It can cause pain, redness, blurred vision, and light sensitivity.
Fractured orbital bones
The bones surrounding the eye, called the orbital bones, can be broken in sports injuries. These bones can then trap muscle or fat and lead to blurred and/or double vision.
Retinal tears and detachments can be very serious and lead to total blindness. They can also occur long after the time of initial injury. Be aware of a sudden increase in floaters, flashing lights or a curtain/shadow covering any part of your vision. If you experience any of these symptoms, make sure to contact us immediately.
Hyphema is a bleeding within the anterior internal structures of the eye. They can lead to increased eye pressure and glaucoma.
Preventing eye injuries:
Wearing proper safety goggles can help prevent these types of eye injuries. Sports safety goggles should be ASTM F803 approved. These goggles undergo rigorous performance testing to ensure that they provide adequate protection. Regular eyewear does not provide enough protection. It is also important to make sure that you are wearing proper shields and face masks for sports.
If you or your child play sports, visit our office today and let us help you find the appropriate sports safety eyewear!