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Sports Eye Injuries
An estimated 40,000 sports and recreation-related eye injuries occur each year. Here are some must-know facts on sports-related eye injuries and the prevention and treatment of common eye injuries in sports.
- Approximately 40,000 eye injuries in sports events occur every year, many resulting in permanent vision loss.
- Injuries range from abrasions of the cornea to bruises of the eyelids to internal eye injuries, such as retinal detachments and internal bleeding. Some of these lead to vision loss and permanent blindness.
- Prevention is the most effective treatment. About 90% of sports-related eye injuries are preventable if the right protective eyewear is worn.
- For young athletes, baseball and basketball account for the largest number of injuries.
- Most sports-related eye injuries are due to ocular contact with the ball.
- Little league pitches may throw the ball up to 70mph: fast enough to break bones and do serious damage to the eye.
- Most protective eyewear, including goggles, face shields and guards, should be made of polycarbonate plastic and recommended specifically for your sport to provide the best protection.
- Regular street glasses, contacts and industrial safety eyewear do not offer enough protection for sport.
- Many celebrity athletes agree that eye protection in sports is important and use protective eyewear themselves.