The Most Common Sports Eye Injuries And How to Avoid Them
Each year, more than 40,000 athletes experience eye injuries while playing sports, but more than 90 percent of these injuries can be prevented. During Sports Eye Injury Awareness Month, learn how you can avoid these painful injuries and maintain your vision.
Common Sports Eye Injuries
Sports eye injuries are usually caused by direct blows to the head, face, and eye. They are more common in sports that use balls, pucks, sticks, or bats, or direct contact like boxing. Baseball and basketball players experience eye injuries more than any other sports.
Common blunt trauma eye injuries include:
- Orbital fracture (breaking the bones around your eye socket)
- Retinal detachment
- Ruptured globe (broken eyeball)
These injuries are emergencies that put your vision at risk. If you experience any of these injuries, go to an emergency room immediately.
Other injuries may include penetrating injuries, where an object scratches your eyeball. Some of these may be mild (like someone’s fingernails scratching your eye) or emergencies such as glass entering your eye.
Finally, your eye can also be injured by exposure to too much UV sunlight. These injuries happen most often in winter sports like skiing where sunlight bounces off of snow. Sun damage can affect your vision permanently by damaging the sensitive rods and cones in your eye.
How to Avoid Sports Eye Injuries
The easiest way to avoid eye injuries is to wear eye protection. Three millimeter polycarbonate lenses are light and impact resistant, making them safe to wear during sports. You can get them with or without a prescription, giving people with existing vision problems a safer option for sports than glasses.
These protective lenses can be designed to fit your sport, whether they need to fit under a helmet or be easy to wear on the basketball court. You can also get UV protection in these lenses to help protect your eyes from sun damage.
Polycarbonate lenses are the only protective eyewear for sports. Helmets and facemasks leave your eyes vulnerable to injury while glasses and sunglasses fail to provide proper protection.
At Bon Secours In Motion Sports Performance, we work with athletes who have suffered all types of injuries, helping them rebuilding strength and agility. We help you return to play safely and offer techniques for injury prevention to keep you safe in the future.