Too often, patients visit their providers seeking treatment for sports-related eye injuries. Using the right type of eye protection while engaging in sports can go a long way in preventing serious injuries and, in some cases, even blindness. Continue reading to learn more about how to protect your eyes.
Eye Injuries Prevented by Protective Eyewear
The following injuries may be prevented with the proper use of eye guards:
- Corneal abrasion – Scratches or tears on the cornea
- Inflammation of the iris – Irritation and swelling in the colored ring around the pupil
- Hyphema – Collection of blood in the eye’s anterior chamber
- Detached retina – When the retina pulls away from the blood vessels that provide nourishment
- Eye socket fracture – Damage to the bones that surround the eye
It is also important to realize that sports injuries may be related to poor vision in some cases. Athletes with poor depth perception or unaddressed vision issues can risk tripping, falling, and further injuring themselves on the field.
Eye Protection Options
It is recommended that those participating in sports wear activity-specific eye protection. Eyeglasses and sunglasses, respectively, may help you see better and provide protection from the sun, but they are not enough to guard your eyes from the injuries that can occur from certain sporting activities. Because sports-related injuries are common, athletes should know the appropriate type of eyewear for competing in their sport. Regulatory entities, such as the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment, set standards for protective eyewear and rate equipment by performance metrics.
Faceguards or visors: Polycarbonate helmet-mounted faceguards or visors are the most protective piece of eyewear for activities such as baseball, football, and hockey. Visors should be shatter resistant, impact resistant, and provide a layer of UV protection. Those playing hockey can use wire shields to protect their eyes.
Sports eye goggles: Sports eye goggles should be used for those playing soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, and racket sports. These goggles help protect against eye trauma that can occur from these activities. As with faceguards, these goggles should meet the sport-specific quality and safety standards.
Schedule an Eye Exam
When it comes to the health of your eyes, Berks Eye Physicians & Surgeons is on your team, both on and off the field. We are here to help you protect your vision and quality of life. To schedule an appointment with one of our skilled doctors, contact our office at (610) 372-0712.