Sports and Eye Safety

Practicing eye safety while playing sports is critical and can help keep you in the game. And, by ‘sports eye safety’, we mean wearing protective goggles. Ninety percent of all sports-related eye injuries can be avoided with the use of protective eyewear.  Polycarbonate lenses are 10 times more impact-resistant compared to other materials, so this is the best type of lens to wear for sports. This is especially important for those sports with small, high velocity balls in play such as racquetball.

Why is this more important? The bones surrounding the eye serve as a kind of shock absorber and shield the eye from the bulk of the impact from blunt objects. Racquetballs are small enough to surpass this line of defense, so the eye itself could take the full impact of the ball. The speed of a racquetball serve can exceed 100mph! This type of impact can cause serious problems, including:

Corneal Abrasion
Black Eye
Subconjunctival Hemorrhage
Retinal Detachment
Blow Out Fracture of the Orbit
Ruptured Globe
Concussion

Contact sports also have their share of eye injuries. Getting elbowed in the eye playing basketball, for instance, can cause a lot of damage. The sports with the highest risk of eye injury are baseball, basketball and racquet sports.

If you do get hit in the eye, these are some of the symptoms you should look out for:

•Blurry Vision
•Loss of Vision
•Double Vision
•Sudden Onset of Floaters and/or Flashing Lights
•Severe Eye Pain
•Nausea/Vomiting
•Change in Pupil Size or Appearance

The above symptoms could be a sign of a more serious injury, possibly requiring surgery,  and should be evaluated immediately by an ophthalmologist.

You only have one pair of eyes. Keep them safe by wearing protective goggles during sports and stay in the game!


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