You can prevent sports related eye injuries with proper eye protection and protective eyewear. April is Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month and the American Academy of Ophthalmology asks eye doctors to remind Houston residents who are athletes or who participate in sports of any type that 40,000 people suffer from eye injuries related to sports every year. These eye injuries from sports can be devastating, and the only way to prevent them is by wearing protective eyewear. The range and risk of sports eye injury can span corneal abrasions, eyelid bruises, retinal detachments and inner eye hemorrhage. The more serious risks can involve permanent vision loss as well as permanent disability.

Amateur athletes, school athletes and anyone participating in sports really needs to use eye protection. Specific designs are available for most sports, including basketball, baseball, hockey, football, lacrosse, fencing, paintball, water polo, golf and others. Athletes and sports participants should understand that wearing properly fitted protective eyewear will not harm their performance or interfere with their activity-and it may well save their eye health and vision. 90 percent of serious eye injuries are preventable. Make sure the level of eye protection you or others in your family use is appropriate for the type of activity. Regular eyeglasses do not offer proper eye protection. Stay safe with sport-specific protective eyewear properly fitted by an eye care professional. Lenses made from polycarbonate materials provide the highest level of impact protection; they can withstand a ball or other projectile traveling at 90 miles per hour.

If you or someone you know has questions or would like help in selecting, fitting or choosing sports protective eyeglasses, please call The Eye Clinic of Texas, an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, at 800-423-3937, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas or facebook.com/ecot.lasik to schedule an appointment.

The Eye Clinic of Texasis an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, the largest ophthalmology clinic in the nation. We are a leading eye care practice serving the greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City with offices at 7155 Katy Road, Houston, Texas 77573, 1100 Gulf Freeway, Suite 114, League City, Texas 77573, 711 Medical Center Drive, Suite 110, Texas City, Texas 77590 and 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas 77550 that provide all aspects of general, medical, surgical, laser and optical eye care services.