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Sports Eye Safety Month

The team at Virginia Eye Consultants is committed to educating and empowering patients to make smart choices for their eye health. April is National Sports Eye Safety Month and our ophthalmic experts would like to share some information about sports eye safety and some tips to prevent eye injuries while playing sports.

How Often Do Sports-Related Eye Injuries Occur?

More people are seeking out group activities and competitive sports to stay fit. The increased trend in recreational sports teams for adults is a positive one, but even casual players and weekend warriors need to think about sports eye safety. Each year in the U.S. approximately 100,000 sports-related eye injuries occur and more than 13,000 people suffer vision loss from eye injuries incurred while playing sports. The National Eye Institute estimates that a sports-related eye injury is treated every 13 minutes across emergency rooms in the U.S. The good news is that experts believe that 90% of eye injuries can be prevented with proper protective gear.

What Are The Most Common Sports Eye Injuries?

Sports that are commonly associated with eye injuries include:

The types of eye injuries that occur most often are:

Tips To Keep Eyes Safe During Sports

Protective Eyewear is fundamental to preventing eye injury. Here are some tips to choose the correct gear and other steps you can take to avoid eye injury:

What Do I Do If A Sports-Related Eye Injury Occurs?

We hope that you have nothing but fun and fitness on the field or court, but here are some steps to take if injuries do occur:

Contact Us

The team of doctors at Virginia Eye Consultants have been improving vision in our community for over 55 years. We care about your eye health. Feel free to share this important sports eye safety information with your teammates or workout buddies. Contact us with any questions.


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