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How does the eye get injured during sports?
The majority of sports-related eye injuries are due to blunt trauma. The severity and type of injury depends on the size, speed and hardness of the object hitting the eye.
Penetrating injuries are not as common as blunt injuries, but can be just as detrimental.
How does a doctor treat a sports eye injury?
The treatment and visual outcome of the injury depends on which parts of the eye are injured.
How can I prevent my child from getting a sports eye injury?
Many people believe that regular eyeglasses or even contact lenses worn during sports will protect their eyes.
Each sport has a specific type of recommended protective eyewear, but all sports goggles should be made with polycarbonate lenses.
It can be difficult to convince athletes, especially teenagers, to wear the recommended protective eyewear. Children and teenagers have a high rate of sports-related eye injuries because of their involvement in a wide variety of athletics and their tendency to play aggressively.
It is important for pediatricians, school officials, coaches, and parents to convey the importance of protective eyewear.
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