More than 25,000 people seek treatment for sports-related eye injuries each year.
The good news is that almost all of these injuries can be prevented. Whatever your game, whatever your age, you need to protect your eyes!
Take the following steps to avoid sports eye injuries:
Wear proper safety goggles (lensed polycarbonate protectors) for racquet sports or basketball. In order to be assured that your eyes are protected, it is important that any eye guard or sports protective eyewear are labeled as ASTM F803 approved. This eyewear is performance tested to give you the highest levels of protection.
Use batting helmets with polycarbonate face shields for youth baseball.
Use helmets and face shields approved by the U.S. Amateur Hockey Association when playing hockey.
Know that regular glasses don’t provide enough protection
Safe contact lenses use provides an effective form of vision correction. Contact lenses prescribed by a licensed doctor of optometry are worn safely and comfortably by millions of people worldwide and have a long history of providing wearers with a safe and effective form of vision correction.
The American Academy of Optometry’s annual meeting
offers a wide array of clinically relevant CE courses and cutting-edge research in the clinical and vision sciences. Attendees can choose from more than 300+ hours of lectures and workshops, Section and Special Interest Group (SIG) symposia, hundreds of scientific papers and posters, a world class exhibit hall, and several memorable social events.
Gift Of Sight month has been designed to help and raise awareness regarding the importance of eye health. A lot of people realize that routine yearly physicals are imperative in terms of detecting or preventing a lot of conditions. However, very few people appreciate just how important a yearly eye exam is when it comes to preventing disorders and diagnosing diseases at the earliest stage.
Good vision is something that we all recognize the importance of. However, it is something that a lot of us take for granted. After all, you know what they say; you don’t realize what you have got until it is gone.
Low vision impacts the lives of more than 16 million Americans over age 45.
COVID Combat Conference
February 27, 2021
An interactive, one-day, multi-course CE meeting focused on infection control, prescribing and screening modifications, patient and staff safety, and effectively restarting and growing your practice in a peri- and post-COVID world.
Because extended exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause damage to the eyes, Prevent Blindness has declared May as Ultraviolet Awareness Month to educate the public on the increased risk of everything from "corneal sunburns" (photokeratitis) to diseases such as cataract and eye cancers. Prevent Blindness offers a variety of free resources on UV protection to keep vision healthy, including fact sheets and a dedicated webpage.
Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world. There are close to 22.3 million Americans age 40 and older with cataracts. More than half of all Americans will have cataracts by age 80. Prevent Blindness will offer tips about prevention and information about surgery.
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Fireworks Safety Awareness Week (June 28-July 4)
June 28, 2021 - July 05, 2021
If you experience a fireworks-related eye injury:
Seek medical attention immediately.
Avoid rubbing or rinsing the eyes or applying pressure.
Do not remove any object from the eye, apply ointments or take any pain medication before consulting a trained medical professional.
Safety during fireworks displays can help prevent serious eye injuries, such as burns of the eye and open globe injuries, which may lead to loss of vision. Protecting your eyes this Fourth of July can ensure you see the remarkable fireworks from public displays for years to come.
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July 23, 2021
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Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month
August 01, 2021 - August 31, 2021
With a large number of states beginning the school year earlier, August is the new September! Along with school supply shopping and purchasing those back-to-school clothing items, it’s time to make comprehensive eye exam appointments for the kids. Conveniently, August is designated as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month!