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Preventing Sports-Related Eye Injuries: A Guide for Athletes

When it comes to sports, the thrill of the game often overshadows any potential risks. However, sports-related eye injuries are not uncommon and can be serious. At Henderson Eye Center, we believe in prevention and education. This guide will help athletes understand the risks and how to protect their eyesight. 

Understanding the Risks

Sports-related eye injuries can range from corneal abrasions and bruises to more severe injuries like retinal detachments and even permanent vision loss. High-risk sports include basketball, baseball, and racket sports, but even non-contact sports can pose risks due to accidents or falls.

Prevention is Key

  1. Wear Protective Eyewear: This is the most effective way to prevent sports-related eye injuries. The type of sport will dictate the kind of eyewear needed. Polycarbonate lenses are recommended because they’re impact-resistant.
  2. Regular Eye Exams: Regular eye exams can ensure your vision is at its best, reducing the risk of accidents due to poor sight.
  3. Know the Rules: Understanding the rules of the game can help prevent accidents. Many eye injuries result from accidental fouls or not following safety regulations.
  4. Use Helmets or Face Guards: For sports such as baseball, hockey, or football, helmets or face guards should be used along with protective eyewear.

What To Do If An Injury Occurs

Despite precautions, injuries can still occur. If you experience a sports-related eye injury, seek medical attention immediately. Avoid rubbing or applying pressure to the injured eye and do not attempt to remove any foreign objects stuck in the eye.

Our team, led by Dr. Pamela R. Henderson, offers comprehensive eye care services, from routine check-ups to surgical procedures. Remember, your vision is irreplaceable. While sports are a great way to stay active and enjoy some friendly competition, it’s essential to prioritize your eye safety. Wear the correct protective eyewear, keep up with regular eye exams, and always play by the rules.

For more information on eye health or to schedule an eye exam, contact us at Henderson Eye Center. We’re dedicated to providing the highest standard of personal and professional care. Whether you need advice on choosing the right protective eyewear or want more information about our services, we’re here to help.

Stay safe, and enjoy the game!