Each year, an estimated 100,000 people are hurt by sports-related eye injuries. About 13,500 of these injuries result in permanent vision loss. In support of Sports Eye Safety Month this April, the American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds athletes everywhere that the great majority of sports-related eye injuries can be avoided by simply wearing the proper protection.
According to Prevent Blindness America more than 25,000 people seek treatment for sports-related eye injuries each year and encourage you to take the following steps.
Take the following steps to avoid sports eye injuries:
-Wear proper safety goggles (lensed polycarbonate protectors) for racquet sports or basketball. To be assured that your eyes are protected, it is important that any eye guard or sports protective eyewear are labeled as ASTM F803 approved. This eyewear is performance tested to give you the highest levels of protection.
-Use batting helmets with polycarbonate face shields for youth baseball.
-Use helmets and face shields approved by the U.S. Amateur Hockey Association when playing hockey.
-Know that regular glasses don’t provide enough protection
Make sure you get a comprehensive eye exam each year. Your eye doctor does so much more than just figure out your prescription for eyeglasses. For more information on eye diseases or to schedule an appointment visit GRIFFINEYECENTER.COM or call 843-449-6414.