Injury lawyer Jeff Rasansky offers information on sports eye safety month, as well as ways in which one can protect themselves from sports-related eye injuries.
Online PR News – 25-March-2014 – DALLAS, TX – It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye. This is a common occurrence on the field, more so with children. April is Sports Eye Safety month, and the statistics are in: Prevent Blindness America estimates that sports are the leading cause of eye injuries in children 14 and under. At the same time, many people don’t know how serious sports injuries are, and that these kinds of injuries could lead to irreversible eye damage.
Some of the sports injuries sustained by eyes include:
- Scratched corneas
- Cataracts caused by eye trauma
- Swollen retinas
- Fractured eye sockets
These injuries can lead to vision loss and permanent problems with eyes. Because of this, it’s a good idea to always take precautions when playing out on the field.
Here are a couple of things you can do to protect your eyes while playing sports:
1. Never play sports with your prescription glasses. These tend to be fragile and can shatter on impact, sending glass shards into your eye.
2. Pick sports eyewear which has padding around the eyes, brow and the bridge of the nose to prevent any skin cuts.
3. See an ophthalmologist in order to have the right type of sports eyewear chosen and fitted specifically for you.
4. If you have diminished vision in one eye, you should speak to a specialist. A fair amount of people have this condition. This might make it hard to accurately determine distances on the field. Because of this, you’ll need specially created sports eyewear to correct this condition (and to make you more competitive).
It might feel strange for people who’ve never worn glasses to start wearing them during sports. One way to ease into this is to wear the eye sportswear for extended periods of time at home, in order to get used to them.
Additionally, one should look for protective eyewear made of polycarbonate lenses. These are super strong and won’t shatter on impact.
Playing outdoors also exposes you to UV radiation from the sun. This is a major concern for children because their eyes don’t have a lot of pigmentation, meaning that their UV protection isn’t as strong as that of adults. Ensure that the eyewear that you buy offers 100 percent UV protection.
The eyes are perhaps the most important organs in terms of senses. By taking care of them when on the field, one can protect their eyesight for many years to come.