Each year, there are around 30,000 U.S. emergency room visits due to eye injuries from high-risk sports. In fact, every 13 minutes, an ER treats a sports-related eye injury. Regular eyeglasses don’t provide sufficient eye protection and at times they can break and can make the wound worse.
Read on to learn how you can protect your eyes from sports eye injuries.
Proper Sports Eyewear
Your risk for eye injury depends on the activity you’re participating in. Make sure you’re wearing appropriate eye protection for your sport and if your eyes do get injured, go to the emergency room immediately.
A study discovered that basketball was the leading cause of sports-related eye injuries in America, followed by baseball, softball, airsoft rifles, pellet guns, racquetball and hockey. For these sports, you can use protective eyewear with shatterproof plastic or polycarbonate lenses. Go for eyewear that meets the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards or CSA racquet sports standards.
Moreover, you shouldn’t wear contact lenses if you’re taking part in a water sport. Pool water contains viruses and bacteria that can irritate and infect your eyes. While boxing and full-contact martial arts put your eyes at high risk of injury, there isn’t proper eyewear for them. However, thumbless gloves may decrease the number of boxing injuries.
Even the viewers at a sporting event should be careful. Look out for flying bats or balls when watching a game.
Visiting Your Eye Doctor Is Important
Wearing proper protective eyewear can prevent 90 percent of serious eye injuries. Consult your eye doctor to know the appropriate eyewear for you and whether participating in high-risk sports is advised.
Whether you need safety glasses or sports glasses, AAPEC Atlantic Eye Care is here to help. We offer a wide range of eye care services including LASIK management and glaucoma treatment. Call us at (757) 340-7070 or request an appointment online. We help patients in Norfolk, VA.