The Eye Injury Snapshot, an annual survey conducted by The American Academy of Ophthalmology, revealed that 40% of eye injury cases are sports-related. As we observe Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month this April, your eye doctor shares tips on protecting your eyes while playing sports.
Consult Your Trusted Eye Clinic
Visiting your optometrist is always a good idea, especially if you’re planning on engaging in sports. We may perform an eye exam to assess your eyes for any problems and provide preventive measures to protect them from trauma. Most athletes have their eyes routinely evaluated to ensure their vision remains sharp.
Always Wear Protective Eyewear
The survey also found that proper sports optical gear could have prevented approximately 90% of the reported eye accidents. The kind of activity you’ll be participating will determine what type of safety eyewear or eyeglasses we’ll recommend. We may look to the sport’s governing body or the American Society for Testing and Materials for guidance.
Polycarbonate lenses are a popular choice because they provide excellent protection. They are made of high-quality, impact-resistant materials, allowing them to withstand great amounts of pressure. This means they are less likely to break than lenses made of other materials, which gives you one less thing to worry about when you’re playing sports.
If You Sustain an Eye Injury, Seek Medical Help Immediately
Signs of eye trauma are not always immediately apparent. A “black eye,” for example, may take a few days to appear. This is why it’s best to undergo an eye exam as soon as possible. The earlier we manage your eye injury, the more effectively we can treat it.
For more tips on preventing sports-related eye injuries, call us at (703) 291-0080. You may also complete our form to request an appointment. We proudly serve Falls Church, Arlington and the surrounding VA communities.