April 1st, 2014 by admin3
Robert S. Nagler, M.D.
Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Refractive & Cataract Surgery
April is National Sports Eye Safety Month. Eye injuries suffered while participating in recreational sports are a leading cause of eye related visits to emergency rooms. Permanent significant visual loss can occur from these injuries. Two years ago, I treated a prominent Minor League baseball player who was hit in the eye with a tossed baseball. He suffered serious bleeding in the eye, and swelling of the retina. Thankfully, he recovered nicely and resumed his successful career, hopefully on his way to the Major Leagues. If the injury had been any worse, it could have ended his career. Most people understand that a high speed impact to the eye from a hard object like a baseball could cause serious damage.
Any participant in recreational sports who suffers an eye injury, who has an eye disease, or who has had eye surgery should discuss with their eye doctor when they can safely return to their sport and what precautions they should take. A common sense approach to the real eye risks inherent in sports activities can make participants safer and minimize the chances of losing their precious eyesight.