According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, nearly 30,000 sports-related eye injuries are treated in U.S. emergency rooms each year. The good news is that 90% of serious eye injuries could be prevented by wearing appropriate protective eyewear.
Make sure that you are wearing the correct eyewear, goggles, and safety lenses when playing sports. Polycarbonate lenses are also a very durable material that resists shatter. This material makes for a tough lens that will withstand high impact blows and should be worn for sports like basketball and soccer. Polycarbonate lenses are also made of thinner material that will be more comfortable and provide more clarity.
Wearing sunglasses playing sports outdoors can also protect your eyes from coming in contact with harmful UV rays produced by the sun. Our optical staff is expertly trained to make sure your glasses are right for each activity in your life.
Make sure you educate yourself about the risks of specific sports before engaging in activity or allowing your children to play. It is important to understand defense mechanisms and what to do in case of injury. Communicate with coaches and school nurses to make sure that everyone knows a course of action if an emergency should arise. If you have an eye injury, go to the emergency room immediately, even if the injury appears minor. Delaying medical attention can result in permanent vision loss or blindness. Our office has a 24 hour doctor line for any other urgent needs.