September is Sports Safety month. Many of us don’t realize just how dangerous sports can be to our eyes, and thus we get injured. It is estimated that there are over 40,000 sports related eye injuries each year, and about 90% most of these easily preventable. Many doctors offer alternatives to wearing glasses while playing sports, and everyone should take advantage of this.
Basketball and Baseball lead the way in eye injuries. The most common eye injury is actually getting poked in the eye, not at all ball related. A poke in the eye can cause other problems such as a scratch on the cornea. A minor injury like that may be irritating, but it is easily preventable by wearing eye protection. Golf has the most call related injuries, as the balls are small, hard, and very fast. They can cause the most devastating damage of all ball related injuries.
There are three types of major sports related eye injuries: corneal abrasion, blunt injuries, and penetrating injuries. Corneal abrasion was spoken about above; it is when the cornea gets scratched. The most common cause is being poked in the eye. Blunt injuries are usually caused from the impact of an object. These injuries range from a cut on the eyelid to a black eye. \Penetrating injuries are when a foreign object pierces the eye. For children a common cause of this type of injury is from the BB gun pellets. Although your kids may see think its dorky, ask them to put on eye protection as it will save everyone a lot of trouble!
The main way to protect your eyes is by wearing eye protection. If you wear glasses you may get eye protection goggles that can go over your glasses. Your eyes are very precious and they are easy to hurt, be sure to practice safe sports by wearing eye protection.
August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety month. In September most children will be going back to school and everyone should have their eyes checked before. Many learning problems come from problems with the eyes, and at a young age children may not know how to voice their discomfort.
Even though you may not think your child is having eye problems, it is always smart to take them to the eye doctor. When your child is born their eyes are checked and this test can pick up on a range of eye problems that can hopefully be fixed immediately. From ages zero – 2 your child’s wellness check up will include eye assessments mainly based on eye history. From ages 3 – 10 vision exams are normally given to test acuity and ocular alignment. Most Ophthalmologists will recommend that your child gets checked at 6 moths, 3 years and again at 5 years regardless of eye history and eye health.
During the school years a child should start having a yearly check up because eye problems can develop fast. If a child cannot see properly they will not have the patience or attention span to sit through school. This can develop many learning problems, as well as misdiagnosed learning problems, throughout the school years.
- Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
- Frequent headaches
- Covering one eye
- Short attention span
- Avoiding reading assignments or holding reading materials close to the face
- An eye turning in or out
- Seeing double
- Losing his or her place when reading
- Difficulty with reading retention
Allergies can also show up in the eyes and you can ask your eye doctor about getting eye drops to relieve the itchiness, watery, and redness.
Children’s eyes are highly sensitive so remember to always wear sunglasses and eye protection. Regular doctors visit could prevent your child from the stress of learning problems, get a check up today!