Summertime is a busy season for sports and outdoor activities. Between taking the kids to the pool, getting them to soccer practice on time and making every T-ball game with equipment in tow, it can be easy to forget something.
When you’re packing up the swimsuits, cleats, uniforms, helmets, bats and balls, don’t forget to think about eye protection for your child.
Sports-related injuries are the most common eye trauma in children ages 11 to 14, with blunt trauma causing the majority of these injuries. Sports-related injuries can be minor, such as a black eye, or more serious, such as 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.
The sports with the highest incidence of eye injuries are those with high-velocity ball action, including racquetball, tennis, soccer, golf, baseball, basketball, lacrosse and hockey.
In addition to blunt-force trauma to the eye, swimming also poses a risk to eye health. Bacteria in pool water, lake or ocean water can cause eye discomfort or even eye infection.
Despite these facts about eye injuries, few children wear eye protection while playing sports. Protecting your child’s vision is simple with these tips.
Whether you’re suiting up your little one for a Little League game or you’re hitting the tennis court for some friendly competition, be sure you and your children have proper eye protection to prevent eye injuries this summer.