Austin Sports Medicine: National Eye Safety Month

It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!


April was National Eye Safety Month. Balls, bats, fingers – they’re all dangerous. When you hit the field, court or rink, it’s important to protect your eyes. Here’s the score on sports eye injuries:

  • Cause of hockey eye injuries include: pucks (37%), highsticking (28%), fights (18%), and other (17%)
  • Eye injuries cost NHL hockey franchises an estimated $32 million in missed games over 10 years
  • One in 10 players on U.S. college basketball teams can expect to get an eye injury on the court
  • $175 to $200 million is the estimated annual cost associated with sports eye injuries in the United States
  • 41% of eye injuries among kids ages 10 to 14 in the ER are related to sports products
  • 90% of eye injuries can be prevented by shielding eyes with protective eyewear

Don’t become a statistic. For more information on eye safety, visit, the public education website of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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