Tweens and Teens
The fact is that 40% of hospital admissions for eye injuries are related to sports. Here’s the scary part: 71% of these injuries happen to people under 25 years old! You’re in the highest risk category for serious eye injuries, especially if you play racquet sports like tennis, badminton, racquetball or squash.
Goggles and shields do much more than protect your eyes from injury. Many goggles or safety glasses come with tints to reduce sun glare, light filtering capabilities that make it easier to see certain colors (like yellow tennis balls), and polycarbonate lenses that stand up to sudden, sharp impact. Choose the right goggles or shield for your sport.
If You Injure Your Eye
Accidents can happen, even when you’re careful. However, it is not easy to judge the extent or severity of any eye injury, so you should always get immediate, professional medical attention. It is the best way to safeguard your vision.
The following symptoms may signal serious eye injury:
- Obvious pain or vision problem
- Cut or torn eyelid
- One eye that does not move as completely as the other
- One eye that protrudes more than the other
- Abnormal pupil size or shape
- Blood in the white of the eye
- Something imbedded in the eye
- Something under the eyelid that cannot be easily removed
Sunglasses not only look good. They are good for you. Protect yourself from harmful ultra violet (UV) rays today to help prevent damage tomorrow.
- Choose sunglasses with both UVA and UVB protection, to block both forms of ultraviolet rays.
- A hat will help block indirect sun, which can come into the eyes around the edges of sunglasses.