Sports Vision Safety
September is Sports Eye Safety awareness month and we encourage anyone who participates in sports – children and adults alike – to remember to protect their eyes. Sports are the leading cause of eye injuries in children under the age of 16. Many people are unaware of how serious sports injuries are, and that these kind of injuries could lead to irreversible eye damage. Most sports-related eye injuries can be easily avoided by simply wearing proper eye protection.
For all age groups, eye injuries occur most frequently during such sports as basketball, baseball, racquet sports, soccer and field hockey. Protective eyewear with polycarbonate lenses that have been tested to meet safety standards should be worn during such athletic activities. Protective eyewear can help prevent injuries such as fracture of the eye socket, scratched corneas, swollen retinas, and even cataracts caused by trauma to the eye.
Tens of thousands of sports-related eye injuries occur every year – most of which can be prevented with proper eye protection. For Sports-Related Eye Injury Awareness, Li and Liao Optometry urges you and your family to use proper eye protection while participating in sports and other physical activity. Your eyes are one of the most important organs and by taking care of them on the playing field you can protect your eyesight for many years to come. Be active and be safe!