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Fast Facts About Sports Related Eye Injuries

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Sports Related Eye Injuries – Common Facts


  1. An estimated 40,000 sports-related eye injuries occur each year in the United States.
  2. 13,500 people go blind due to sports-related eye injuries.
  3. 90 percent of sports-related eye injuries could have been prevented.
  4. One-third of people who suffer from sports-related eye injuries are children.
  5. The most common consequences of sports-related eye injuries are abrasions, contusions, detached retinas, corneal lacerations, cataracts, hemorrhages and loss of an eye.
  6. Water and pool sports such as diving, swimming and water skiing collectively, make up the second leading cause of sports-related eye injuries.
  7. Paintball has become a popular sports worldwide, but as bee noted with devastating eye injuries, including blindness.
  8. In the NFL, facemasks fitted with shields are specially contoured according to the player’s position, to help further prevent injuries.
  9. There was a ninety-percent decrease in ocular trauma after certified full-face mask became mandatory in organized amateur hockey, in Canada.
  10. Polycarbonate lenses provide the best eye protection for many sports. They are lightweight, scratch resistant, thin, and can be designed to meet most eyewear designs or prescriptions.
  11. Polycarbonate is 10 times more impact-resistant than other plastics and can withstand the force of a .22-caliber bullet, which is why it is the best for eye protection.

Remember to always use the proper eye protection equipment for your particular sport.



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