Whether you’re involved in sports for fun or for a competition, wearing protective gear is essential for preventing different types of injuries, and this includes eye protection. September is Sports Eye Safety Month – and as children and teens are getting back into the swing of school, now is a good time to check on your sports equipment.
MedStar Health shares information on why sports eye safety is so important:
>> Eye Injuries By The Numbers
Sports cause nearly 30,000 eye injuries in the U.S. each year, but the good news is that more than 90% of these injuries can be prevented by wearing the right eye gear.
>> Why You Need Protective Eyewear
Eye injuries are a common cause of blindness and can occur when people engage in sports-related activities. Wearing protective eyewear will help keep eyes safe from elbows, flying objects, and other weather-related and environmental hazards.
>> When To Seek Medical Help
Trying to treat your eye injury at home can make it worse. It’s important to consult with your doctor if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
- Blurry vision or loss of vision
- Intense pain
- Light sensitivity
- Blood in your eye
- Irregular or asymmetrical pupil size
- Pus or fluid coming from your eye
- An eye that is swollen shut
Depending on the severity of your eye injury, your sports medicine physician may refer you to a specialized eye doctor.