Every 13 minutes, an ER treats a sports eye injury.
That’s the shocking news from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Eye injuries aren’t the best-known type of sports injury, but they can have lasting effects on a person’s life. That’s why advocates are observing September as National Sports Eye Safety Month.
Sports eye injuries can include a wide variety of ailments, with a range of innocuous to serious results.
Eye injuries from any sport can include infection, corneal abrasions, blunt trauma, inflamed iris, fracture of the eye socket, swollen or detached retinas or even a traumatic cataract. And in some cases, a significant eye injury can cause permanent vision loss.
These injuries can easily be prevented with proper protection. This infographic from the American Academy of Ophthalmology highlights high-risk sports for eye injuries and showcases proper eye protection options.
Major points include:
- The cost of treating an eye injury
- A list of high-risk sports
- A warning against non-shatterproof sunglasses
Check out the full infographic here: .