The American Academy of Ophthalmology reports that about 100,000 people are hurt each year in the United States by sports-related injuries. Those are only injuries affecting the eyes, more than 13,000 of which will lead to permanent vision loss. April is Sports Eye Safety Month. You can participate by making sure you or your child has proper eye protection during sports, outdoor activities and that they follow some simple eye safety tips.
April is Sports Eye Safety Month, which is a perfect time when spring sports are in full swing. Sports are popular for millions of children, teens and adults each year. However, so are facial injuries to the mouth or eyes. Millions of people—especially children are injured each year in sports. Children have a higher risk of injury because many parents or guardians don’t realize that they can be injured in sports. Sports in young children may not be aggressive, but studies show that many of the injuries actually come from objects such as balls coming in contact with the face.
Studies show that more than 2.5 million eye injuries happen each year in the U.S. About 50,000 of those people injured permanently lose all or part of their vision. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) reports that accidents involving household products (a.k.a. chemicals) cause around 125,000 eye injuries each year. That’s one reason not to play sports in the house, as you could knock something over that splashes into your face or eyes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that those between 0-18 have the highest number of eye emergency visits to a hospital from either an injury or medical condition. According to the AAO, an estimated 90% of eye injuries can be prevented by using protective eyewear. Most people do not plan for or prepare for eye injuries. Small children can easily get into household chemicals or sharp objects, so prevention through preparation is key to avoiding disaster.
In the case of any eye emergency, seek help immediately. Taking action quickly could determine if you lose your sight or if you keep it. If something happens and it causes you to worry about your eyes or your eyesight, call us right away. There is always a doctor on call, so make sure to call us even if it is after business hours.
If you have a foreign object in your eye that is large, don’t try to remove it yourself or you could damage your eye and your vision further. If you have a piece of dust or an eyelash or hair in your eye, eye drops can potentially flush out the small particle causing you pain. If you lose your vision and have an accompanying headache, the cause could be a migraine. Many migraines cause patients to lose their vision for a time. If your vision does not return within the hour, call us right away, or call if you are worried.
If you get a chemical in your eye, flush out your eye with large amounts of clean water or saline. Saline is a salt water rinse. Seek immediate medical attention for chemicals in the eye. If you have any of the following, call us:
Playing sports isn’t the only way you can injure your eyes. You can injure there in many ways by simply not eating right, not protecting your eyes through proper glasses and even by using digital devices too much. Here are some tips and bits of information you should know:
The goal of Sports Eye Safety Month is to spread awareness of eye injuries and eye emergencies so that they don’t happen to you or your child. Use our tips for preventing eye emergencies so the spring sports season is an enjoyable one.
Most patients will know eye injuries and emergencies when they happen. With anything serious, seek medical attention immediately, as failure to do so can lead to permanent tissue damage and vision loss. For any questions you may have about your eye health or eye injuries, call Peeper’s Optical at (303) 333-2800!