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Sports Injuries: Are Your Child’s Eyes Protected?

02/22/2016 08:47AM, Published by Hood Magazine, Categories: Sports & Rec, Health, Today



By Dr. Angela Gulbranson, OD, Visions Eyecare and Vision Therapy Center 


 


While most children are able to play sports safely there are those occasional accidents that highlight the need to take precautionary measures to protect your child’s eyes.

 

To give you a better idea of why this is so important, let me give you an example of two teenagers who had similar accidents with very similar results. They were both hit in their eyes with a ball. One was a soccer ball the other a softball. Both girls suffered the same injury, called hyphema, where the eye fills with blood. They had no vision out of their injured eye for about a week. This, of course, is a very serious injury and predisposes these girls for glaucoma (a sight threatening disease) for the remainder of their lives. Both injuries were completely avoidable had they been wearing sports safe eyewear.

 

Eye injuries can destroy an athlete's career or a child’s future. Therefore, if you or your child loves sports, you need to take important precautions. More and more professional athletes are recognizing the hazards and taking precautions to protect themselves. If you aren’t sure if sports eyewear is worth the investment, here are some facts to consider:

 

  • More than 600,000 eye injuries related to sports and recreation occur each year.

  • Over 85% of children do not utilize protective eyewear in situations that represent a risk of eye injury.

  • Every 13 minutes, a person with a sports-related eye injury visits an emergency room.

  • Sports eyewear protects your eyes not only from injury, but from ultraviolet light as well.


Most people take the usual precautions when playing a given sport: helmets, knee pads, etc., but few take measures to protect their eyes. The sad part about eye injuries is that most of the damage is permanent, and most of the injuries could have been prevented.

It is important to keep in mind that sports goggles are separate and distinct from “fashion” or “dress” eyewear, because, everyday “fashion” eyeglasses are not held to the same protective standards as eyewear products labeled for protective sports use. 

Be smart and protect yourself and your loved ones, too. Sports goggles and swim goggles are available through most eye care professional offices.  They are designed to meet all the safety standards and are available with prescription and non-prescription lenses.


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    Location Details: Edith Mortenson Center Theatre on Augustana Mother Courage and her childre...


  • Great Plains Zoo CubClass

    04/06/2017
    09:00AM — 09:45AM

    Come discover animal body parts! This parent and child class will include a variety of learning a...


  • Toddler Time

    04/06/2017
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    If they can walk, they can jump! Toddler Time at Sky Zone is a special time just for the little o...


  • Little All Stars

    04/06/2017
    10:00AM — 10:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Toddler Art Out of this World!

    04/06/2017
    10:15AM — 11:00AM

    Toddler Art: Nature Creations  - 4/6/2017, 4/13/2017 & 4/20/2017 After a long winter indoors, i...


  • Toddler Art: Nature Creations

    04/06/2017
    10:15AM — 11:00AM

    After a long winter indoors, it will be nice to celebrate nature as the weather warms up. Create ...


  • New Baby & Me

    04/06/2017
    01:30PM — 03:30PM

    This group for new moms and their babies meets weekly. Moms can join in open discussion on topics...


  • Sanford PROMISE Community Lecture Series

    04/06/2017
    05:30PM — 06:30PM

    Science minded individuals in our community can learn about the science research being performed ...


  • One Glass Too Many Cake at Sugars

    04/06/2017
    06:30PM — 08:30PM

    Cake and wine go together...right?? On this fun cake, the wine glass has tipped right over and dr...


  • Playgroup for Toddlers and Preschoolers

    04/07/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Play Groups are specifically for kids and their caregivers. Gather your friends at our “house” to...


  • Fun and Fit Day for children 6 and under

    04/07/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Ride, run, jump, and jam! Join Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation and participate in fitness-relate...


  • Easter Bunny at Sioux Empire Mall

    04/07/2017
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    IT'S TIME FOR EASTER BUNNY PHOTOS He'll be waiting for you Center Court. Simply go to simon.noe...


  • Free First Friday

    04/07/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    Join us for Free First Fridays, whether you are new to the area, new to the Pavilion, or even a r...


  • Pavilion Free First Fridays

    04/07/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    Join us for Free First Fridays, whether you are new to the area, new to the Pavilion, or even a r...


  • Little All Stars

    04/07/2017
    06:30PM — 07:20PM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA

    04/07/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators...



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