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AAO Urges Athletes to Wear Protective Eyewear

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.
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