The good news is that 90 percent of serious eye injuries are preventable through the use of appropriate, protective eyewear. During Sports Eye Safety Month in April, our Westmed eye care professionals are emphasizing the importance of making eye safety a priority for sports and recreation-related activities.
Ophthalmologists, Westmed’s “Eye MDs” say eye protection should be a major concern to all athletes—both adults and children. “Eye injuries range from abrasions of the cornea and bruises of the lids to internal eye injuries, such as retinal detachments,” says Dr. Steven Greenberg, WESTMED ophthalmologist. Unfortunately, some young athletes end up with permanent vision loss.”
You Can Prevent Injuries
The only way to prevent a sports-related eye injury is for athletes to wear sport-specific protective eyewear properly fitted by an eye care professional,” explains Dr. Greenberg. Lenses made from polycarbonate materials provide the highest level of impact protection. They can withstand the impact of a ball or other projectile traveling at 90 miles per hour.
Effective eye protection is available for many activities, including basketball, baseball, hockey, football, lacrosse, fencing, paintball, soccer and downhill skiing. “Wear eye protection anytime you are playing sports, especially those that involve small balls traveling at high velocity,” advises Dr. Greenberg.
Most sporting leagues don’t require children to wear eye protection, so a good preventive step for parents is to insist that their children wear eye protection when they play.
Act Quickly After an Eye Injury
If a black eye, pain or a vision problem occurs after a blow, schedule an appointment with a Westmed Eye MD, or seek emergency medical help immediately.
Westmed Optical Shops carry the polycarbonate lenses that must be used in protective sports eyewear. They are located at 210 Westchester Ave., White Plains, 1 Theall Road, Rye, and 73 Market St., Yonkers.
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