The crisp smell of freshly cut grass on the soccer field, the gleam of the basketball court before a game, the cheering fans at the football stadium, the feeling of the cricket bat, familiar in your hands… There’s no doubt about it–playing sports can be a fantastic thing.
Unfortunately, that magic can be shattered in an instant. While you or your child may not experience this type or level of injury, sports-related eye injuries happen frequently and unexpectedly, and can have severe repercussions as serious as permanent vision loss.
Know the Risks
Did you know that there are approximately 100,000 sports-related eye injuries each year? 30,000 of those are sustained by children. While that may seem frightening, we’d like to emphasize that 90 percent of sports eye injuries can be prevented through the proper use of protective eyewear.
It’s important to know what the risks are for the specific sport you are involved in, as certain sports are riskier than others. For example, baseball, hockey, basketball, water polo and racquet sports result in more eye injuries than other sports. In addition, different types of sports may pose unique risks. Cyclists, skiers and snowboarders are more in danger of radiation injuries caused by exposure to the sun.
Wearing protective eyewear may not be able to completely protect your eyes in all cases, but it can drastically reduce the frequency and severity of injuries
Your Vision Is Precious
Sports-related eye injuries can change a person’s life in an instant. As the saying goes, prevention is the best treatment! The next time you don your uniform; don’t forget to put on your protective eyewear with it. Your vision is precious, remember to protect it.