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April is Sports Eye Safety Month

By Dr. Steven Chander on April 06, 2012

Sports are FAST…Here are some FAST FACTS


  • More than 600,000 eye injuries related to sports and recreation occur each year. 42,000 of these injuries are of a severity that requires Emergency Room attention.
  • More than 90% of all eye injuries can be prevented with the use of appropriate protective eyewear.
  • Sports participants using "street wear" (corrective eyewear or sunwear that does not conform to ASTM standard F803) are at a far more severe risk of eye injury than participants using no eye protection at all.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Optometric Association all strongly recommend protective eyewear for all participants in sports in which there is a risk of eye injury.
  • The following sports are considered a high-to-moderate risk of eye injury: Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Hockey, Tennis, Soccer, Volleyball, Water Polo, Football, Air Rifle, BB Gun, Paintball, Boxing, Martial Arts, Cricket, Squash, Racquetball, Fencing, Badminton, Fishing and Golf.
  • One-in-eighteen college athletes will sustain an eye injury each season. The odds increase to one-in-ten for basketball players.
  • One-in-eight victims of severe eye injury, and one-in-twenty victims of less-severe eye injury, initiate legal proceedings against parties assumed to be responsible

Don’t Become a Statistic!

If you or your child plays Sports, make sure you see Dr. Chander for a complete eye health and vision examination; including a sports vision assessment.

Your game can be greatly improved by ensuring you have the very best in hand-eye coordination, vision acuity (how clearly you see) “high definition” vision for golf, and fast moving sports, and of course SAFETY.

Learn How You Can Get a Complete Sports Vision Correction Package this month and save up to 15%



Sports Eye Wear Needs To Be:

- impact resistant frames

- shatter proof lenses (TRIVEX or Polycarbonate lenses)

- Ultraviolet radiation protection.

Most patients with poorly fit sports wear are at risk for fogging lenses, and injuries that are at times more severe than not wearing any protection!  Be sure your eyes are protected with proper ANSI standard Sports vision protection Eyewear.

Available at Primary Eye Care Associates.




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