Sports Eye Safety Month

September is Sports Eye Safety Month.  According to Prevent Blindness America, over 25,000 people seek treatment for sports-related eye injuries each year!  These injuries can be preventable with the proper eye protection.

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What types of sports-related eye injuries can occur?

Corneal abrasions – A corneal abrasion occurs when the cornea, the outermost clear portion of the eye that covers the iris, is scratched.  These injuries can be very painful and can lead to infection if not treated properly.

Traumatic iritis – Iritis is an inflammation of the iris, the colored part of the eye.  It can cause pain, blurred vision, and light sensitivity.

Fractured orbital bones –  The bones surrounding the eye, called the orbital bones, can be fractured in sports injuries.  These bones can entrap muscle or fat and lead to blurred and double vision.  They can also cause internal damage.  CT scans are best used to diagnose these types of injuries.

Retinal tears/detachments –  Although rare, retinal tears and detachments can be very serious and lead to total blindness.  They can also occur long periods after the initial injury.  Watch out for a sudden increase in floaters, flashing lights or a curtain/shadow covering any part of your vision.  If you experience any of these symptoms, make sure to seek care from an eye doctor immediately.

Hyphema – Hyphema is a bleeding within the front internal structures of the eye.  They can lead to increased eye pressure and glaucoma so should be managed and followed closely by an eye care professional.

How can you prevent eye injuries?

Wearing proper safety googles can help prevent these eye injuries.  Sports safety goggles should be ASTM F803 approved.  These goggles undergo rigorous performance testing to ensure that they provide adequate protection. Regular eyewear does not provide enough protection.  It is also important to make sure that you are wearing proper shields and face masks for sports.

If you or your child play sports, let us help you find the appropriate sports safety eyewear.  Call our office at (850) 683-0221 or stop by during normal business hours to let us show you our wide selection.

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We are your Crestview Optometrist & Eye Doctor. We are here for your Eye Exams, Eye Emergencies & Eye Injuries. Call us at (850) 683-0221 for all of your eye care needs.