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April is Sports Safety and Ocular Protection Month 4/2/2018

More than 40% of ocular injuries happen every year related to sports or recreational activities.

A recent study found that approximately 30,000 people in the USA went to emergencies with a sport related injury, an estimation that is substantially higher than the previous one. Three sports represented almost half of all injuries: basketball, baseball and air guns / paintball.

In support of Sports Safety and Ocular Protection Month for April, CODET Vision Institute and the American Academy of Ophthalmology offer athletes of all ages guidance into how to protect their eyes. Sport related injuries can range from corneal abrasion and eyelid bruises to more serious and vision threatening injuries such as retinal detachment and internal hemorrhage. Around one third of sport related ocular injuries occur in children.

The good news is that the simple use of safety glasses can prevent approximately 90% of ocular injuries. Follow the following tips to save your vision:

• Use correct eye protection: for basketball, sports with rackets, football, and field hockey use safety glasses with unbreakable polycarbonate.

• Wear your helmet: for baseball, ice hockey, and lacrosse, use a helmet with a polycarbonate mask or a wireframe shield.

• Get rid of old equipment: ocular protection must be replaced when it is damaged or when it yellows with age. Wear and tear can make them weaker and lose effectivity.

“Practically all eye sport related injuries can be prevented using adequate eye protection,” said ophthalmologist Dianna L. Seldomridge, M.D., a clinical spokesperson for the Academy. “This is why I always encourage athletes to protect their eyes when participating in competitive sports.”

Any person who sustains an eye sport related injury must visit immediately an ophthalmologist, a specialized doctor in ophthalmological and surgical care.

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