Approximately 40,000 sports eye injuries occur every year, many resulting in permanent vision loss
7 August 2018| Last updated on 8 August 2018
Prevention is the most effective treatment.
About 90 % of sports related eye injuries are preventable if the right protective eye wear is worn. Most sports related eye injuries are due to ocular contact with flying objects like balls, or poking fingers and elbows.
Most protective eye wear, including goggles, face shields and guards, should be made of polycarbonate plastic and recommended specifically for your sport to provide the best protection. Adults and children participating in high-risk sports should always wear appropriate sport-specific protective eye wear.
Polycarbonate material is a material ten times more impact resistant than other plastics. It can withstand the force of a .22 calibre bullet. Polycarbonate material offers the best protection against many sports-related eye injuries.
Regular street glasses, contacts and industrial safety eye wear do not offer enough protection for sport.
Your eye wear can be properly fitted by your eye MD (Ophthalmologist) or OD (Optometrist). Wear sports protective eye wear every time you play! Please make sure your kids do too.
If you do sustain an eye injury, don’t try to treat it yourself. Go to your local emergency room or call your Ophthalmologist immediately.