Look Forward to Create Eye Safety in Athletics
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Athletes wear helmets to protect their heads, and pads and braces to protect their bones and joints. But what do players do to prevent the possibility of permanent vision loss, a scratched cornea or a fractured eye socket? Broken bones and bruises will heal, but a serious eye injury could restrict your staff and students from participating in their favorite sports for the rest of their lives.
March is national “Save Your Vision Month.” According to the National Eye Institute, every 13 minutes an emergency room in the United States treats a sports-related eye injury. These injuries aren’t uncommon, but preventing them is easy.
Sports-Related Eye Injuries
Three main types of eye injuries are most often associated with sports accidents:
- Blunt Trauma - Occurs when something hits your eye.
- Penetrating Injuries - Occurs when something cuts into your eye.
- Radiation Injuries - Caused by exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun.
Eye Gear Guidelines
Prescription sunglasses, regular sunglasses and occupational safety glasses don’t provide adequate protection to athletes participating in sports. The following guidelines can help you find eye guards that are right for your students:
- Purchase eye guards at a sports or optical store to be sure they’ve been tested for sports use.
- Instruct athletes to ask their eye care professionals to fit them with prescription eye guards if they have prescription glasses.
- Be sure eye guards contain the correct lenses and that they’re secure or pop outward, away from the eye.
So often, athletes take vision for granted. It’s important to build a safety culture within your school or organization, for athletes and beyond.
- 5 Steps to Building a Risk Culture
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