Tens of thousands of sports and recreation-related eye injuries occur each year. 42 thousand end up at the ER. The good news is that 90 percent of serious eye injuries are preventable through use of appropriate protective eyewear.
The risk of eye injury can vary depending on the activity. Make sure the level of eye protection you or others in your family use is appropriate for the type of activity. Regular eyeglasses do not offer proper eye protection.
For all age groups, sports-related eye injuries occur most frequently in baseball, basketball and racket sports. Protective eyewear with polycarbonate lenses should be worn for sports such as basketball, racket sports, soccer and field hockey.
You can't always tell when an eye is injured or that the injury is serious. Some problems, like a detached retina, can only be seen during a doctor's examination. Eye injuries can cause vision loss or blindness. When an eye injury does occur, have an ophthalmologist or other medical doctor examine the eye as soon as possible, even if the injury seems minor at first. DO NOT attempt to treat a serious eye injury yourself.