Use Proper Sports Eye Protection to Prevent Injury

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Use Proper Sports Eye Protection to Prevent Injury

D’Ambrosio Eye Care reminded patients of the need to use proper sports eye protection to prevent a range of potential eye injuries. Aprilis Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month and the American Academy of Ophthalmology asks eye doctors to remind our community that 40,000 people suffer from eye injuries related to sports every year.

“Sometimes athletes overlook the potential risks that so many sports create for eye injuries. These can be of a wide range of eye problems including abrasions of the cornea, bruises of the eyelids, retinal detachments and internal bleeding,” said Rachel Robbins, M.D., a Massachusetts Ophthalmologist. “Unfortunately some of the most serious risks involve permanent vision loss along with infection and can be catastrophic to not only vision, but to everyday functioning-lifelong,” she further explained.

What patients need to know is that 90 percent of serious eye injuries are preventable through use of appropriate protective eyewear. Make sure the level of eye protection you or others in your family use is appropriate for the type of activity. Regular eyeglasses do not offer proper eye protection. Athletes need to wear appropriate, sport-specific protective eyewear properly fitted by an eye care professional. Lenses made from polycarbonate materials provide the highest level of impact protection; they can withstand a ball or other projectile traveling at 90 miles per hour.

If you or someone you know has questions or would like help in selecting, fitting or choosing sports protective eyeglasses, please schedule an eye examination at D’Ambrosio Eye Care by calling us at 800-325-3937, visiting D’Ambrosio EyeCare or so that we can help recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

D'Ambrosio Eye Care is a leading eye and LASIK care practice with office locations at 479 Old Union Turnpike, Lancaster, Massachusetts 01523, 100 Powder Mill Road, Acton, Massachusetts 01720, 413 Main Street, Athol, Massachusetts 01331 and 74 Main Street,Gardner, Massachusetts 01440 that serve the greater Boston and central Massachusetts area.