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August/ September 2000  -  Volume 3  -  Issue 6


Don’t Play Games With Your Eyes!

 Each year hospital emergency rooms treat an estimated 33,000 sports-related eye injuries.  Many experts believe that this number is only part of the total sports eye injury problem.  Doctors treat some of these injuries in the office, while other injuries require hospital treatment.  The actual number of sports –related eye injuries may be two or more times greater than the reported estimates!

The eye risk associated with sports depends on the type of sport, the person’s physical development, athletic skill, visual limitations or pre-existing conditions.  However, these sports account for more than two-thirds of sports-related eye injuries: 

v     Baseball

v     Boxing

v     Swimming

v     Basketball

v     Football

v     Soccer

v     Volleyball

v     Hockey

v     Racquet sports

 For all age groups, sports-related eye injuries occur most frequently in basketball, baseball, swimming, football and racquet sports.  However:

v     Among five- to 14-year-olds, basketball injuries are most frequent, with baseball a close second;
v     And basketball is the leading cause of injury for 15- to 64-year-olds.

 Doctors classify most eye injuries as mild to moderate. Still, far too many eye injuries are serious, resulting in permanent vision loss.  Any traumatic eye injury may also increase the risk of other eye problems such as glaucoma and cataracts.  The saddest fact of all is that almost all sports-related eye injuries are preventable.   Whatever your game, whatever your age, you need to protect your eyes!


. . . More from Our August/September 2000 Newsletter  - Volume 3, Issue 6



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