Monday, May 3, 2021
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
For many kids and adults, the return of spring means it’s time to gather up bats, gloves and helmets and head for the baseball diamond. But too many people forget to include an important piece of gear: protective eyewear.
According to the National Eye Institute, baseball is a leading cause of eye injuries among children 14 years old and younger who play sports in the U.S. In fact, eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children, accounting for an estimated 100,000 emergency room and doctor visits each year.
It’s a sad fact that nine out of 10 kids who have suffered an eye injury could have prevented it just by wearing proper eye protection. Unfortunately, many youth and adult sports leagues do not require players to wear protective eyewear.
Potential eye injuries from baseball include:
- corneal abrasion;
- orbital fracture;
- hyphema, which can lead to glaucoma;
- ruptured eyeball;
- cataract; and
- detached retina.
People often think that wearing their regular eyeglasses or sunglasses offers some protection from a baseball hit, but this is false. The truth is that non-protective eyewear can shatter upon impact, causing more damage to your eye.
Before taking the field, take the proper steps to keep your eyes safe:
- If you wear prescription glasses or contact lenses, ask your eye doctor about prescription protective sports eyewear. There are certified helmets with attached safety glasses for baseball batters and base runners; fielders can get certified protective eyewear.
- Sports safety glasses must meet American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) safety standards. Eyewear designed to meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) industrial standards does not meet the safety standards for sports eye protection.
- All prescription sports glasses should be made from polycarbonate material because it resists shattering and provides UV (ultraviolet light) protection. If the protective lenses have turned yellow over time, have them replaced, as the polycarbonate material may have weakened with age.
- Sports goggles provide the best eye protection. However, they may not fit narrow faces well. In this case, the best option is certified sports glasses with 3-millimeter-thick polycarbonate lenses.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Dolphins have acute vision both in and out of the water. A dolphin's eye is particularly adapted for seeing under water.
▪️Bottlenose dolphins have a double slit pupil allowing for similar visual acuity in air and water. Their eyes are adapted to mitigate varying light intensities. Studies show that the visual acuity of dolphins is similar or below the range of many terrestrial animals. There is currently no reference that measures distance of visual capability.
▪️In air, certain features of the lens and cornea correct for the refraction of light caused by the transition from aquatic to aerial vision. Without this adaptation, a dolphin would be nearsighted in air.
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Monday, April 12, 2021
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Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Sports-related eye injuries are treated in U.S. emergency rooms each year. The good news is that 90% of serious eye injuries could be prevented by wearing appropriate protective eyewear.
How to Prevent and Treat Sports Eye Injuries
Different activities and sports have different levels of risk for eye injury. Make sure that you’re using the right kind of eye protection for each activity. Regular eyeglasses do not offer proper eye protection and in some cases can make an injury worse if they shatter.
Be careful during activities or games involving projectiles and other sharp objects that could create injury if in contact with the eye.
If you have an eye injury call our office, even if the injury appears minor. Delaying medical attention can result in permanent vision loss or blindness.
What Sports Cause Eye Injuries?
Eye injuries can happen in almost any sport, but some sports are higher risk than others.
Basketball causes most sports eye injuries in the U.S.
One study found that basketball was the leading cause of sports-related eye injuries in the United States followed by basketball, softball, airsoft rifles, pellet guns, racquetball and hockey.
Protective sports glasses with shatterproof plastic, called polycarbonate lenses, should be worn for sports such as basketball, racquet sports, soccer and field hockey. Our office can help provide you with the ASTM standard of eye protection.
Sports that require face masks or face shields for eye protection
In ice hockey and men’s lacrosse, wear a helmet with a polycarbonate face mask or wire shield. Hockey face masks should be approved by the Hockey Equipment Certification Council or the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
On-the-Field Visual Test Helps Diagnose Concussions in Athletes
About 3.8 million Americans sustain sports-related concussions each year. A quick, reliable screening test is useful on the sidelines to keep injured athletes from returning to play too soon. An on-the-field visual test (which consists of reading a series of printed numbers, and their responses were scored for accuracy and time) helps physicians better diagnose, treat and rehabilitate patients with concussions.
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Monday, April 5, 2021
Each year, an estimated 100,000 people are hurt by sports-related eye injuries. About 13,500 of these injuries result in permanent vision loss. The great majority of sports-related eye injuries can be avoided by simply wearing the proper protection. Make an appointment today to get protection for all your athletes. (909) 596-6756 2443 Foothill LaVerne CA 91750 (909) 982-0100 1637 Mountain Ave Upland CA 91784 #drkennethboyerOD #drbrianboyerOD #sportseyesafetymonth www.drboyeroptometrist.com
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