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Sports Eye Safety Month

Each year, an estimated 100,000 people are hurt by sports-related eye injuries. About 13,500 of these injuries result in permanent vision loss. We remind athletes of all ages and abilities that the majority of sports-related eye injuries can be avoided by simply wearing the proper protection. Regular eyeglasses do not offer the needed protection necessary to prevent eye injuries from occurring.

Prevention of Eye Injuries begin with education (especially monocular patients) and choosing eyewear designed for the specific sport. A helmet with a polycarbonate face mask or wire shield is advised for hockey, baseball and lacrosse. Be sure that the hockey mask is approved by the Hockey Equipment Certification Council or the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) for hockey and that the eye guard meets or exceeds the requirements set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards or that pass the CSA racquet sports standard for contact sports.

When using or engaging in any of the following activities, always wear goggles/plastic spectacles:

  • darts
  • pellet/BB guns
  • fishing hooks
  • bow/arrows
  • fireworks

Always wear 100 percent UV blocking sunglasses if exposed to sunlight/snowfields for extended periods of time.

Should an injury occur, see an ophthalmologist or go to the emergency room immediately, even for a "minor" injury. Delaying treatment may result in permanent vision loss or blindness.

Learn more:
Eye Protection Critical in Sports
What Do You Know About Sports and Eye Safety??
Sports-Related Eye Injuries: They are PREVENTABLE!!

Coming in May: Healthy Vision Month

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