The second part in the Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month series will be on the most common types of sports-related eye injuries and how to identify eye injuries. As was covered in the first part in the series, prevention is the best safety measure, but knowing common types and how to identify eye injuries are the next best steps to being prepared should the worst case scenario occur.
Though there are a multitude of ways eye injuries can occur during a sports activity, there are relatively fewer categories these injuries fall into. According familydoctor.org, the common types can be categorized are penetrating injuries, blunt trauma, and radiation injury from the sun.
These injuries are further explained below:
When an eye injury occurs, or even a potential one, it should be examined by a professional, such as an ophthalmologist, as soon as possible as an injury can be more serious than it appears. Postponing treatment would only make the injury worse. Also, an eye injury should never be treated by someone who is not a professional.
Below is how to identify an eye injury: