Navigation Links
AAO Urges Athletes to Wear Protective Eyewear

From major league baseball stadiums to small town basketball courts, athletic competition builds physical fitness, entertains millions and teaches the values of hard// work and teamwork.

But for more than 40,000 athletes each year, these lessons can be marred by an errant finger or misjudged catch. That’s the number of sports-related eye injuries that occur annually in the United States. Approximately one-third of the victims are children.

April is Sports Eye Safety Month, and Eye MDs at American Academy of Ophthalmology urge athletes to wear appropriate, sport-specific protective eyewear properly fitted by an eye care professional.

“Athletes need to choose to use protective eyewear because eye injuries can be devastating,” said Monica L. Monica, MD, PhD, MHA, clinical correspondent for the Academy. “Eye injuries are one of the leading causes of visual impairment in children. The injuries range from abrasions of the cornea and bruises of the lids to internal eye injuries, such as retinal detachments and internal bleeding. Unfortunately, some of these young athletes end up with permanent vision loss and blindness.”

Many sports create risk for eye injuries; however protection is available for many activities, including basketball, baseball, hockey, football, lacrosse, fencing, paintball and water polo, as well as racquetball, soccer and downhill skiing.

“Athletes can select from various types of lightweight and sturdy protective eyewear,” said M. Bowes Hamill, MD, associate professor of ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and clinical correspondent for the Academy. “Eyewear properly fitted and worn does not hinder performance in any way, and can prevent most sports eye injuries.”

Protective eyewear lenses should be made of polycarbonate, which can withstand impact from a ball or other projectile traveling at 90 miles per hour, Dr. Hamill said.

“Contact lenses offe r no protection,” he said, “and street wear glasses are inadequate to protect against any type of eye injury.”

Most sporting leagues don’t require children to wear eye protection, so parents must insist that their children wear eye protection when they play.

“When they do, the occurrence of eye injuries is greatly reduced,” Dr. Monica said. “Parents also can set a good example by wearing eye protection when playing sports, and work to help pass local ordinances requiring children to wear protective eyewear when engaging in sports.”

Accidents Happen

Sometimes even the most conscientious athletes can injure their eyes. Dr. Hamill said it is imperative to seek medical help immediately in case of injury.

“Injuries such as cuts, or foreign bodies stuck in the eye are emergencies,” he said. “Don't try to treat these injuries yourself; contact your Eye M.D. or go to the emergency room for help immediately.”

Even a seemingly light blow can cause a serious eye injury. If a black eye, pain or visual problem occurs after a blow, contact your Eye M.D. or seek emergency medical help immediately.

“With just a little care and common sense, you can go a long way toward protecting your precious gift of sight,” said Dr. Hamill.
SRM
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. President Bush Urges Citizens to Invest In Health Savings Account (HSAs)
2. Minister Of State For Industry Urges Corporate Sectors To Help Indias Disabled Population
3. Minister of State For Industry Urges Corporate Sectors to help India’s Disabled Populatio
4. Lancet Urges To Allow Emergency Contraception Drug As An OTC
5. Ramadoss Urges Celebrities to Stay Away From Soft Drink Ads
6. Ramadoss Urges Celebrities Not To Endorse Soft Drinks
7. Make Medicines Affordable: Jamir Urges Pharma Companies
8. Disabled Girl Urges Kalam to Intervene Against the Denial of Admission
9. Keep Australias GP Workforce Numbers Healthy, AMA Urges
10. AMA Urges Doctors to be Upfront about Fees
11. AAP Urges Families To Create Emergency Disaster Plans
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... firm serving the families and businesses of the Norwalk and Vermillion areas, ... Ohio Recovery Center (N.O.R.A.) is a nonprofit, community-based substance abuse prevention and ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... Yardley, PA (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 ... ... received Patient Oriented Disease Management Accreditation from the NCQA. The accreditation covers StayWell’s ... programs. , Accredited status is granted to organizations that have excellent programs ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... , ... The TouchPoint Solution, home of Buzzies *, is boosting the ... , “Buzzies change the way we interact with stress and live our day-to-day lives,” ... date in December 2016, The TouchPoint Solution has sold more than $750,000 in product ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... After raising more than $1.135 million ... most-funded travel pillow in crowdfunding history, has established a U.S. Headquarters in ... travel innovation to Americans. , “We’re excited to be operating on U.S. shores, where ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... for seniors, today announced rapid completion of the strategic executive team expansion needed ... notable additions to the ChenMed executive team,” says Christopher Chen, MD, ChenMed Chief ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/23/2017)... 2017  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today ... of adults and pediatric patients 12 years and older ... have not received prior chemotherapy. This is the first ... of skin cancer. "While skin cancer is ... rare form called Merkel cell cancer have not had ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , March 23, 2017   BioSpace , ... resource, has partnered with Indiana Biosciences Research Institute ... organizations and educational institutions to bring the state,s ... first-ever BioIndiana Hotbed map, an artistic representation of the ... was presented to Vice President Mike Pence , ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... Texas , March 23, 2017  Digital ... www.digitalpharmacist.com ), a rapidly growing digital health ... a mobile app that allows patients to manage ... multi-store locations such as Denver Health Pharmacy, USave ... The acquisition helps Digital Pharmacist accelerate its product ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: