In addition, The Coalition to Prevent Sports Eye Injuries reports that one in 10 college basketball players suffer an eye injury each season. Eye injuries can include corneal abrasions, blunt trauma and penetrating injuries, inflamed iris, fracture of the eye socket, swollen or detached retinas, traumatic cataract and blood spilling into the eye's anterior chamber. Some eye injuries may be serious enough to cause permanent vision loss.
Wearing the proper eye protection can prevent most eye injuries. Prevent Blindness America provides the following tips on how to purchase the right kind of eye protection for all athletes:
"An eye injury can happen in a split-second, but the effects can last a lifetime," said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America. "We want to advise all those playing any sport anywhere to make sure that eye protection is always part of the uniform."
For more information on sports eye injury prevention and information on sport-specific eye protection recommendations, please call Prevent Blindness America at (800) 331-2020, or visit preventblindness.org/sports-eye-safety.
About Prevent Blindness America
Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness America is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness America touches the lives of millions of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, certified vision screening and training, community and patient service programs and research. These services are made possible through the generous support of the American public. Together with a network of affiliates and regional offices, Prevent Blindness America is committed to eliminating preventable blindness in America. For more information, or to make a contribution to the sight-saving fund, call 1-800-331-2020. Or, visit us on the Web at preventblindness.org or facebook.com/preventblindness.
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