Most of the eye injuries our doctors tend to could have been avoided if the patient wore protective eyewear. For that reason, we strongly recommend that you wear protective eye equipment such as goggles, safety glasses, or face shields when engaging in activities like sports, woodworking, lawn care, other household chores done overhead or when working with caustic chemicals.
Every year, over 500,000 people suffer an eye injury while playing a sport like baseball, hockey, or basketball. Because children are more active in sports activities, they are especially vulnerable to these eye injuries.
To lower your risk for an eye injury, you should wear protective eyewear whenever playing a sport with balls or a puck. When choosing protective lenses, look for a sticker that says it has been certified by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Keep in mind that ordinary eye lenses like glasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses — as well as “eye guards” with openings on the side — will not protect your eyes.
While everyone can benefit from eye protection, this is vital for patients who have weak vision or blindness in one eye since an eye injury may put you at an even greater risk for going blind.
Seek medical attention immediately if:
- A speeding object hits your eye
- You have double vision
- You have pain in your eye
- Your eye is bruised
- Your vision has changed
Even after the most severe injuries, your best chance for preserving your eyesight is with prompt medical care.
Have an Emergency?
You can expect outstanding care in your time of distress. Call 610-372-0712 to have your injury assessed and addressed quickly.