As part of Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month, this series will be on the importance of eye safety during any type of sport—no matter the type, risk level, or level of impact. Eyes provide a critical function for the human body, and their protection should be seriously considered.
When participating in a sport, there is little time to think. A safe situation can easily turn sour in the blink of an eye—and that is why prevention will always be the best safety measure. This especially holds true to protecting eyes during sports and other recreational activity.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, through protective eyewear, 90% of eye injuries are preventable.
So, what exactly constitutes as appropriate eyewear? Depending on the planned activity, there can be varying methods of eye protection. At the very least, however, regular eyeglasses seldom offer proper eye protection when participating in sports. Below is a brief overview of different activities and how they relate to protective eyewear.
Sports that threat serious eye injuries are baseball, basketball, racquet sports, boxing, hockey, soccer, and full-contact martial arts. The following should be considered when trying to find appropriate eyewear:
Eye injuries do not only occur during high-risk activities. They can even occur when participating in normal, low-risk activities conducted in daily life.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, in the 2008 Eye Injury Snapshot, where physicians were surveyed, it was found more than 40% of patients that incurred eye injuries at their place of residence were involved in such activities such as home improvement, cleaning, and cooking.
When participating in lower risk activities keep the following eye-safety tips in mind: