Sports are the cause of more than 40,000 eye injuries each year, and those injuries can do serious damage to the eye. Blunt trauma and impact injuries, penetrating or piercing injuries and radiation injuries are the most common eye injuries among athletes, depending on the sport they play.
Baseball ranks among the top sports for eye injuries. Basketball, hockey, and racquet sports also pose a serious risk to the eye. To understand the risk of eye injury in these sports, consider these facts:
The good news is that most of these sports-related eye injuries (about 90 percent) can be prevented with protective eyewear.
Eye injuries caused by blunt trauma are the most common type of sports-related eye injuries, especially in baseball. These injuries can be minor, such as a black eye, or more serious, including fractures to facial bones or even a ruptured eyeball. An eye injury as the result of blunt force trauma or impact to the eye can result in partial or total blindness.
If you play baseball, whether recreationally, on an amateur league or professionally, take the appropriate precautions to protect your eyes and save your vision.
Wear protective eyewear. Goggles or even sunglasses made of shatter-resistant
polycarbonate protective lenses can protect the eyes from a sports-related
injury. Polycarbonate lenses are 10 times stronger than other lenses and
better able to withstand direct contact during sports like baseball. They
are also the thinnest, lightest lenses available.
In addition to being shatter-resistant in the event of direct contact to the eye, polycarbonate lenses also filter 100 percent of ultraviolet light from the sun. This is an added bonus, as UV exposure can also damage the eyes.
Guidelines for protective eyewear
Failing to protect your eyes when playing sports like baseball could result in a serious eye injury and even vision loss. Don’t risk it. Talk to your eye doctor to find the protective eyewear that best suits your needs. No matter what level of sports you play, your vision is worth protecting.