Navigation Links
Most Sports-Related Eye Injuries Are Preventable
Date:4/19/2008

With spring's arrival, optometrists' group urges public to treat vision like the pros do

SATURDAY, April 19 (HealthDay News) -- To prevent injuries to your eyes while playing sports, you need to go pro -- as in protective eyewear, advises the American Optometric Association (AOA).

With spring here and more people heading outside for fun and exercise, the association noted that about 600,000 documented sports-related injuries are reported annually in the United States. Roughly 13,500 of these injuries result in permanent loss of sight.

Even non-contact sports such as tennis, golf and fishing pose a moderate to high risk of eye injury because of flying objects, such as balls, racquets and hooks.

"Eye protection should be of major concern to all athletes, especially in certain high-risk sports," Paul Berman, AOA optometrist and sports vision specialist, said in a prepared statement. "Thousands of children and adults unnecessarily suffer sports-related eye injuries each year. Every thirteen minutes, an emergency room in the United States treats a sports-related eye injury, and nearly all could be prevented by using the proper protective eyewear."

Everyday prescription eyewear or sunglasses probably won't do the trick as most conventional frames and lenses fail to meet minimal impact requirements for most sports, an AOA advisory cautioned.

Sports-protective eyewear, however, is tested to meet rigid standards, and some have been independently verified and received the AOA Seal of Acceptance.

Going to an optometrist for an eye exam is the first step and a crucial one for amateur athletes as well as professionals.

"Doctors of optometry work with their patients to provide unique, advantaged eyewear solutions in order to protect vision and improve performance in athletics," Berman said. "I encourage you to visit your local optometrist to discuss options for vision protection, correction and enhancement."

More information

The American Optometric Association has more about sports and vision.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: American Optometric Association, news release, April 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. U of M researchers identify process that may help treat Parkinsons, spinal cord injuries
2. New National Research Center Focuses on Treatment and Prevention of Sports and Exercise Injuries
3. Decrease in mortality after severe injuries in accidents
4. Triple threat: Young macho men with serious injuries often abuse alcohol
5. Whole body MDCT just as good as neck MDCT angiography in diagnosing head and neck injuries
6. More Seniors Falling Victim to Escalator Injuries
7. Rate of escalator injuries to older adults has doubled
8. New Guidelines Urged for Young Athletes Neck Injuries
9. Elbow, Shoulder Injuries Take Heavy Toll on Pro Baseball Players
10. Emergency on-field treatment for neck injuries in young sports athletes no different than adults
11. Study Reveals Emergency On-Field Treatment for Neck Injuries in Young Collision Sports Athletes No Different Than Adults
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... 24, 2017 , ... The Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) has ... now in their 12th year, are among the most prestigious in radiology marketing because ... awards were retooled to recognize achievements in both large budget (over $5,000) and small ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... financial planning, and related services to families and business owners across eastern Michigan, ... at feeding regional families struggling with financial difficulties. , The Oxford/Orion FISH Food ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... Assili, announce that they are now offering treatments for sleep apnea and TMJ ... dental offices. Sleep apnea , specifically the obstructive type, is increasingly being ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... Gastro Health (“GH”) ... prep patients for colonoscopy at the HyGIeaCare® Center that is to be located ... , The HyGIeaCare® Prep, cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... “End Time GPS”: a dauntless and ... “End Time GPS” is the creation of published author, Wesley Gerboth, a World ... military munitions and space-vehicle projects. Now, at age ninety-one, he shares the Wisdom God ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/24/2017)... Tenn. , March 23, 2017  Provectus ... or the "Company"), a clinical-stage oncology and dermatology ... announced Definitive Financing Commitment Term Sheet (the "Definitive ... a group of the Company,s stockholders, who are ... Group" in a Form 8-K filed with the ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... , Mar 24, 2017 The Board ... the company,s Annual Report 2016 including the complete 2016 Annual ... and available on Nordic Nanovector,s website in the section Investor ... ... IR enquiries: Tone Kvåle, Chief Financial Officer Cell: +47-91-51-95-76 Email: ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , March 23, 2017 Mosaic Life Care, based in ... patient registration process across its network of 58 clinics, located in 22 cities, and ... new and innovative ways to improve the delivery of health care to its patients, ... Reading ... Mosaic Life Care St. Joseph Medical Center ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: