Eye Injury Prevention

Did you know that 90% of all eye related injuries could be prevented simply by wearing protective eyewear?  Protective eyewear is recommended for household projects and activities around the home, for many occupations and different sports activities.  More than 40% of eye injuries that occur every year are related to sports and recreational activities.  In addition, eyes can also be damaged by sun exposure, not just chemicals, dust, or objects.  According to a national survey by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, only 35% of respondents said they always wear protective eyewear when performing home repairs or maintenance; even fewer do so while playing sports.

Jean Ramsey, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and a physician here at Boston Medical Center says “We regularly see children referred from the Emergency Room who have suffered an eye injury from organized sports such as baseball and basketball.  Oftentimes it is a finger in the eye, dust, or the ball itself strikes the eye.  These injuries can be devastating at times.  Protective eyewear would prevent nearly all of these injuries.”

For more information on eye injury prevention and different types of eye protection, please visit: http://www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/living/eye-injuries/preventing.cfm

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