4 Surprising Facts about Sports-Related Eye Injuries

park-12-5-16-pixabay-534507_640In North Carolina, 4,000 school children suffer eye injuries every year according to the National Society to Prevent Blindness. As an Ophthalmologist in the Triangle, Dr. Beth R. Friedland treats many of those injuries. Sports account for the vast majority of eye injuries in children and most of those are preventable if the proper eyewear is used, reports the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Park Ophthalmology staff and Beth R. Friedland M.D. always strive to educate children and their parents about ways to stay safe while playing their favorite sports.

From Park Ophthalmology in Durham and Raleigh, our staff offers four surprising facts about sports and eye injuries in children:

  • Baseball: America’s Past Time accounts for more eye injuries in children aged 5 to 14 than any other sport. Getting hit in or near the eye by a bat or ball can injure the eyeball, the bones around the eye or the retina. Protective goggles for children who play baseball are now on the market. Concerned parents are encouraged to seek advice from Dr. Friedland.
  • Radiation injuries: The sun’s ultraviolet light poses significant threat to the human eye. Accumulated exposure over many years increases the risk of vision loss later in life. It’s never too early to start practicing good eye health for children as well as adults. In particular, children involved in water or snow sports need goggles to protect their eyes from UV rays.
  • Paintball: Paintball’s growing popularity has been accompanied by a rise in serious eye injuries. The high-velocity paintballs can cause traumatic injuries to the eyes if proper protection isn’t worn. Proper adult supervision is necessary and youngsters need to always use eye protection during paintball games.
  • Basketball: Along with baseball, basketball is also a high-risk sport. Youngsters 15 and older are more likely to sustain eye injuries in basketball than in any other sport. Polycarbonate protective lenses are recommended by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Eye protection should be considered as part of the uniform when a child suits up for a game.

Young athletes can prevent eye injuries by using protective eyewear. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Friedland at Park Ophthalmology to make sure your youngster is ready to compete.

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Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.


Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

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6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

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