More than 25,000 people seek treatment for sports-related eye injuries each year. The good news is that almost all of these injuries can be prevented. Whatever your game, whatever your age, you need to protect your eyes! Three sports account for almost half of all injuries: basketball, baseball, and air/paintball guns.
Sports-related injuries can range from corneal abrasions and bruises on the eyelids to more serious, vision-threatening injuries, such as retinal detachment and internal bleeding. About one-third of sports related eye injuries happen to kids.
Take the following steps to avoid sports eye injuries:
- Wear proper safety goggles for racquet sports or basketball. In order 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 level 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.
Interested in seeing sports related statistics by sport? Check out the table below: