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Date:4/9/2009

d internal bleeding. The most serious risks involve permanent vision loss along with infection. In addition, patients who have sustained eye injuries are at greater risk for developing glaucoma.

Student athletes are not the only ones that can suffer from eye injuries, as seen with Phoenix Suns player Amare Stoudemire; he will be out of the game for the rest of the basketball season because of a detached retina. Amare's injury will require a significant time to heal according to his doctor. In a recent statement, Stoudemire said that he will be wearing protective eyewear from here on out.

Many sports create risk for eye injuries; however, protection is available for most sports, including basketball, baseball, hockey, football, lacrosse, fencing, paintball, water polo, golf and others. "Wearing properly fitted protective eyewear will not harm your performance, and it may well save your sight," says Dr. Miranda. Most sporting leagues don't require children to wear eye protection, so parents should take special care to ensure their children wear eye protection.

Learn about eye injuries, names of Eye M.D.s in your area or ask an Eye M.D. a question by visiting www.GetEyeSmart.org. Consumers can submit questions about eye health to an ophthalmologist at www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/ask/index.cfm

About the Oklahoma Academy of Ophthalmology

The OAO is a member organization of nearly 100 Oklahoma ophthalmologists which was founded to promote the science and art of medical eye care. Eye healthcare is provided by three sources -- opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists. It is the ophthalmologist, or Eye M.D., who can treat all eye diseases and injuries, and perform eye surgery. To find an Eye M.D. in your area, visit the OAO's Web site at
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