Austin Sports Medicine: Sports Eye Injuries

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


April is 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:

  • Baseball is the most common cause of sports-related eye injuries in kids ages 5 to 14
  • Face injuries, including those to the eyes, account for 45% of injuries in mixed martial arts
  • Basketball is a leading cause of sports eye injuries in people ages 15 to 64
  • If sunglasses aren’t shatterproof, they can be more dangerous than not wearing them at all because shattered pieces can end up in your eye
  • Polycarbonate lenses are 10 times as impact-resistant as other materials
  • Hockey players who wear eye protection are 4 times less likely to get an eye injury

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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