Did you know that every 13 minutes, an emergency room in the United States treats a sports-related eye injury, according to a study from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission?
Although eye injuries suffered while participating in recreational sports are a leading cause of eye-related emergency room visits, more than 90 percent of these injuries are preventable.
Unfortunately, regular glasses or contact lenses won't protect your young athlete's eyes from impact, debris, or damage, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. With that in mind, are you and your children adequately equipped for the upcoming sports season? As a part of Sports Eye Safety Month, MyEyeDr. has all the information you need to prepare for your next undefeated season.
Many regulations exist regarding protective sporting equipment, but few involve protective eyewear. Parents can incorporate protective eyewear into their child's routine by understanding the truth behind common misconceptions.
Myth: If sport guidelines don't require it, protective eyewear is not needed.
- Debunked: While most athletes are required to wear shin guards, mouth guards, and other protective equipment, there is a lack of regulation when it comes to eyewear. In fact, according to Prevent Blindness, only 16.5 percent of children and adolescents ages six to seventeen reported using personal protective eyewear.
Myth: Protective eyewear will negatively impact performance.
- Debunked: Studies show that protective eyewear for athletes does not impact performance. Protective eyewear may help the athlete play better, as it can improve depth perception and inspires confidence with added protection. The small hindrances to sight caused by eye protection greatly outweigh the risk of not wearing it.
Myth: Contact sports are the only sports at risk for eye injury.
- Debunked: If your child participates in a high-risk sport such as football, rugby, hockey, or lacrosse, preparing them for the probable sports collision is a necessity. However, some of the most severe sports-related injuries occur during individual and recreational activities, like fishing, or archery, due to accidental misuse of equipment.
Myth: Game day is the most important time to ensure your athlete is protected.
- Debunked: Would you be surprised to learn that most sports-related injuries that occur during practice? Inadequate equipment and supervision commonly endanger athletes before game day. Equipping your athlete with proper protective gear during all sports-related activities will keep their eyes from harm.
Finding the right eye protection for your young athlete is a crucial play in your playbook. An eye exam can provide more insight into conditions that might put them at higher risk for injuries, such as myopia or a family history of issues like retinal detachment, retinal tears, or diabetic retinopathy.
To make sure your athlete is adequately equipped for their upcoming season and at low risk for eye injury, schedule an annual eye exam today for your children. MyEyeDr. has more than 80 locations in the Washington D.C. area with staff ready to see you.
MyEyeDr. is a network of optometry practices that offer comprehensive eye care services, a selection of designer and value prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses, and standard and specialty prescription contact lenses. By accepting all vision insurance plans and providers, MyEyeDr. makes vision health attainable for everyone.
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