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April Tips of the Month: Eye Injury Prevention

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology more than one million people suffer from eye injuries each year in the United States. Ninety percent of these injuries could have been prevented if the individual had been wearing appropriate eyewear. Prevention is the first and most important step in protecting your eyes from injuries, so be sure to protect your eyes with appropriate eyewear. If you do experience an eye injury, seek medical attention promptly.

Eye injuries can occur in sports as well. Baseball has the most eye injuries in the United States. This is especially true for children under age 12. In the 15 to 24 year age group, basketball results in the most eye injuries. Overall, sports most commonly associated with eye injuries in adults are baseball, basketball, soccer, football and hockey.

The most common injury to occur during sports is corneal abrasion. This injury is quite painful but usually heals with no permanent damage. However, more serious injuries can occur such as blood in the eye, cataract, glaucoma, or retinal detachment. Corneal abrasions can be caused by the opponents fingers or elbows striking a player's eye usually during aggressive play. Ninety percent of all eye injuries in sports can be prevented with the correct protective eyewear. Your ophthalmologist can help you choose the correct protective eyewear for your sport.


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