The American Academy of Ophthalmology has declared April to be Sports Eye Safety Month. Sports like baseball, basketball, tennis, football, and hockey all pose serious threats to eye safety. We've all seen basketball players get poked in the eye, or a baseball player duck at the last second to prevent a catastrophic eye injury. Most sports allow players to wear protective gear that covers the eyes, but only a few require it.
Some serious eye injuries you can get playing sports include:
- Orbital fracture
- Detached retina
- Scratched cornea
- Penetrating eye injury
- Ruptured eyeball
Covering your eyes with protective gear is a good way to play basketball or tennis while ensuring your vision will be safe. However, some people are under the impression that corrective eyewear offers sufficient eye protection for sports. This simply is not the case: eyeglasses will not protect against most forms of blunt trauma, and can make a situation far worse if they shatter and glass gets stuck in your eye. Make sure you have goggles that cover your eyes completely and are made from polycarbonate material.
If you wear glasses, you still need protective headgear, but you may have a difficult time finding headgear that fits. At Seeta Eye Centers, our LASIK eye surgeons can correct your vision to the point where you can play sports without the need for corrective lenses, allowing you to protect your eyes properly.
To find out more about how the ophthalmologists at Seeta Eye Centers can help keep your eyes safe with vision correction surgery, call us at 845-454-1025 to set up an appointment. Seeta Eye Centers serves patients in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Carmel, Dutchess County, and the surrounding areas.