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September is Sports Eye Safety Month

Montreal Sports Eyewear

Sports can be great for your health, but they also come with risks. Common eye injuries in sports include corneal abrasions, retinal detachments, and blunt trauma. These injuries can be painful and potentially vision-threatening, highlighting the need for preventive measures. Safety eyewear

Safety Eyewear

The most effective way to safeguard your eyes in sports is by wearing appropriate safety goggles or helmets with a face shield. Ensure they meet industry safety standards.

90% of Sports-related eye injuries are preventable

The new Prevent Blindness data showed once again that the category of “non-powder guns, darts, arrows, and slingshots” had the overall highest rate of eye injuries. For children ages 0-14, “pools and water sports” had the highest rate of injuries. Types of sports-related eye injuries include blunt trauma, penetrating injuries, eye infections, and corneal scratches and abrasions.

Squash: a high-risk sport

Squash Eye Injury

Squash is a high-risk sports for eye injuries. The incidence of eye injuries is increasing dramatically with squash. The injuries associated with squash can be very serious, ranging from corneal abrasions, retinal detachment and rupture of the globe. The problem with squash is the size of the ball. Squash balls are the exact right size to penetrate the eye; they are too small to be protected by the eyebrow. When hit with a squash ball at such a high velocity, the injuries can be devastating.

Sun Safety

Athletes may also be at risk for a Radiation Eye Injury. Prolonged exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun can be incredibly harmful to vision. Athletes who play in water or snow sports, such as surfing or snow skiing are exposed to bright glaring sunlight that reflects off water or snow, increasing the risk of vision loss or damage.

Regular Eye Exams

Athletes should have routine eye exams to detect any underlying issues and ensure optimal vision.

Coaches should emphasize the importance of safe play and good sportsmanship, reducing the risk of accidents. Coaches and parents, educate young athletes about the importance of eye safety, and encourage them to wear protective gear.