More than 40% of eye injuries every year are related to sports or recreational activities, yet a staggering 90% of all sports-related eye injuries can be avoided with the proper protective eyewear. Eye injuries in the U.S. are the leading cause of blindness in children and most injuries in school-aged children are sports-related. Currently, most schools and youth sports leagues do not require players to wear eye protection.
Protective eyewear is made of ultra-strong polycarbonate, which is 10 times more impact resistant than other plastics and does not reduce your vision. Protective eyewear includes safety glasses and goggles, safety shields and eye guards designed for a particular sport. Ordinary prescription glasses, contact lenses and sunglasses do not protect against eye injuries. For people who wear glasses and contact lenses, most protective eyewear can be made to match their prescriptions.
If an eye injury does occur, even if it seems minor, contact our office immediately and
Dr. Greenberg will exam the eye as soon as possible. A serious eye injury is not always obvious. Delaying immediate medical attention can cause the damage to worsen possibly resulting in permanent vision loss or blindness. Do not attempt to treat an eye injury yourself.
If you are a parent, teacher or coach please set a good example and wear protective eyewear and insist that children wear it as well whenever they participate in sports or other recreational activities. Please feel free to speak with Mike our optician who will gladly discuss the options we have available in protective sports-related eyewear.