Did you know that around 40% of reported eye injury cases in the U.S. are sports-related? The American Academy of Ophthalmology, in coordination with the American Society of Ocular Trauma, found that most of these incidents could have been avoided by observing proper safety measures.
Northern Virginia Doctors of Optometry, your trusted provider of cataracts treatment and other eye care services, shares some ways to protect your eyes when playing as we observe Sports Eye Safety Month this April.
Always Wear Proper Safety Eye Guards
Researchers found that roughly 90% of all sports-related eye accidents could have been easily prevented by using proper safety eye guards. During your visit, we may ask what kind of sports or recreational activities you regularly participate in to determine the most appropriate optical gear you should wear. Usually, the specific sport’s governing body or the American Society for Testing and Materials have certain guidelines to follow.
As your trusted sports vision training center, we can help you find the best protective eyewear. Those made of polycarbonate are a popular choice since this material is lightweight, durable and highly impact resistant. We’ll also consider the lens prescription, tint and light control that can boost your competitive edge while playing.
Be Alert for Subtle Signs of Eye Injuries
Eye injuries may not always be readily apparent. Physical trauma, like “black eyes,” may take anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days before showing any manifestations. This is why it’s important to be alert for hidden signs of eye injuries, such as eye pain, twitching and heaviness. The sooner you notice these symptoms, the earlier we can render appropriate management.
Have Your Eyes Examined
If you sustain any physical blows or trauma, avoid putting pressure or rubbing your eyes. The best thing you can do is to see your eye doctor as soon as possible. This way, we can provide treatment to prevent the problem from worsening. Having regular eye exams can also help maintain your sharp vision, ensuring your peak performance when engaging in recreational activities.
For more tips on protecting your eyes while playing sports, get in touch with us by calling one of our locations. You may also complete our contact form to schedule an appointment. We see patients in Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church and Reston VA.