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 www.geteyesmart.org, the public education website of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.