According to the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, 50% of eye injuries are sports-related. With most eye trauma victimizing children and teens, it’s important to understand how you can help your child practice eye safety precautions. Whether they are actively involved in organized sports, or play outside often, ensuring eye safety is extremely important to your family’s continued optical health. In this week’s blog, we’ll go over specific solutions for reducing the risk of sports-related eye injuries.
Where Are Sports-Related Eye Injuries Likely to Occur?
Any sport involving an object (such as a ball) thrown at a high velocity could result in serious eye injury. We see the most eye injuries from baseball, basketball, and soccer since there are no helmets worn, but even sports where helmets are worn such as football and lacrosse can result in eye injuries. Wearing protective eye wear is a proven solution to preventing sports-related eye injuries.
Wearing Eye Protection
To keep those eyes safe from harm, protective glasses and face shields are available for most sports. Your children should be wearing glasses specifically made for high-impact shock. Regular prescription glasses will not offer the same protection. Sports frames are made of polycarbonate lenses, and the individual prescription they need can be implemented into their new active-wear lenses. Polycarbonate is an extremely durable material used for manufacturing motorcycle windshields, luggage, riot shields used by police, and diving masks. Such a tough lens is sure to keep those precious eyeballs safe while providing optimal vision for heightened performance!
If An Eye Injury Occurs, See An Ophthalmologist Immediately
If a sharp object has penetrated the eye, do not pull it out. Keep your child safe and calm, while transporting them to the nearest emergency room. Blunt or sharp injuries from sports-related activity, such as a ball to the face, need to be examined by an Ophthalmologist first. The seriousness of the injury might not be as obvious, and a specialized eye doctor’s practiced expertise will determine the best course of treatment. You and your family’s vision should be prioritized to the highest degree! Visit our one of our offices throughout Maryland for eye protective frames.
Pediatric Eye Care of Maryland takes you and your child’s eye health very seriously. With a full staff of highly skilled Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, and Orthoptists we’ve got ocular health covered. If you feel any concern about your vision, have questions concerning eye health, or need information on the services we offer contact us today. With 4 convenient locations in Maryland, we are your number one choice for eye treatment.