Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Athletes Need to Prevent Sports Eye Injury

Regardless of the sport being played, athletes need to use caution and wear protective eyewear in order to avoid sports eye injury. Tens of thousands of sports and recreation-related eye injuries occur each year. The range of eye injuries can include corneal abrasions, eyelid bruises, retinal detachment and even internal eye bleeding. The most serious risks can result in permanent vision loss along with significant disability. The good news is that 90 percent of serious eye injuries are preventable through use of appropriate protective eyewear.  

The risk of eye injury can vary depending on the activity. Patients should be reassured that wearing properly fitted protective eyewear will not harm their performance and it may well save your eye health and vision Make sure the level of eye protection you or others in your family use is appropriate for the type of activity. Regular eyeglasses do not offer proper eye protection. Athletes need to wear appropriate, sport-specific protective eyewear properly fitted by an eye care professional. Lenses made from polycarbonate materials provide the highest level of impact protection; they can withstand a ball or other projectile traveling at 90 miles per hour.

If you or someone you know has questions or would like help in selecting, fitting or choosing sports protective eyeglasses, please call Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, or visit Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center or facebook.com/nwindianaeyeandlaser

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center, is located at 502 Marquette Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 and 1001 South Edgewood Drive, Knox, Indiana 46354.