April 27: Sports Eye Safety with Rose Melendez
April is Sports Eye Safety Month—and it couldn’t come at a better time as spring sports leagues begin playing. More than 100,000 people experience sports-related eye injuries annually, with about 13,500 of these resulting in blindness. The good news is that nearly all of these injuries are preventable with the right protective eyewear.
Baseball, basketball and racquet sports tend to lead to the most eye injuries, but full-contact sports like boxing are also highly risky for the eyes. You can protect yourself and your kids against eye injury by:
- Wearing the proper safety goggles with polycarbonate lenses approved by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM);
- Using batting helmets with polycarbonate face shields for youth baseball; and
- Recognizing that regular glasses to not provide sufficient protection.
If an eye injury does occur, look for these signs and symptoms of a serious eye injury:
- Obvious pain or trouble seeing
- Cut or torn eyelid
- One eye does not move as well as the other
- One eye sticks out more than the other
- Unusual pupil size or shape
- Blood in the clear part of the eye
- An object in the eye or under the eyelid that cannot be easily removed
If you notice any of these signs, please stop activity and seek medical attention right away.
The Washington Adventist Hospital Emergency Department, Shady Grove Medical Center Emergency Department, and Adventist HealthCare Germantown Emergency Center, are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week to meet the emergency needs of our community.