September is Sports Eye Injury Prevention Awareness Month

September is Sports Eye Injury Prevention Awareness Month

(MS)— Heading a football season, returning a blistering volleyball serve and driving the lane in a basketball game make for some exciting sports moments. But for those athletes who are participating without eye protection, these same thrilling moves can mean eye injuries and permanent vision impairment.

Every 13 minutes an emergency room in the United States treats a sports-related eye injury, says the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Forty percent of all sports eye injuries occur in children between the ages of 11 to 14. Unlike many other reasons for visiting the emergency room, sports related eye injuries are preventable. According to Prevent Blindness America, 90% of all eye injuries are preventable.

To educate parents, coaches, health professionals and athletes about the importance of eye protection, The Coalition to Prevent Sports Eye Injuries ( was established first in New Jersey, and is now a national movement. Working in partnership with The Coalition is Liberty Sport, a company that supplies high-quality protective sports eyewear. “Parents are often quick to ensure their children are equipped with helmets, knee and elbow pads and even mouth guards. However, many fail to address the needs of eye protection for the same players. Which is more tragic, a blind eye or a bruised shin?” says Paul Berman, O.D., F.A.A.O who is the Chairman for The Coalition to Prevent Sports Eye Injuries and spokesperson for Liberty Sports.

Dr. Berman says that it is important for parents to make sure that their children wear protective eyewear when participating in sports, including those that have a high-to-moderate risk of eye injury: basketball, baseball, lacrosse, tennis, soccer, volleyball, football, squash, and racquetball. Eye protection is becoming a normal part of sports gear nationwide. Not only is it cool to wear, it can also ensure that young athletes can enjoy sports for years to come.

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