So, the kiddos are back in school and we all know what that means…sports! Whether it’s football, baseball, soccer, etc. eye safety is of the utmost importance. I mean, little Billy can’t play if he can’t see cause little Johnny cranked that fast ball right to little Billy’s face and got him right in the eye! Ouch, that’s going to leave a mark! Dr. Kash wants to make sure little Billy, and kids like him, have the chance to make it the Major Leagues one day, with vision and eyeballs intact! So, in recognition of sports eye safety month, Dr. Kash has some tips and brings awareness in this three part series.
According to the National Eye Institute, eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children and account for nearly 100,000 doctor visits a year! The reality is that the majority of these injuries can be prevented by simply using the proper eye protection. Regular prescription glasses won’t do the trick. It is imperative to use the right safety glasses, goggles, shields, or guards designed for different sports. Different sports are categorized by risk factors for eye injury which vary from high to safe. A high risk sport would be one such as basketball or paintball whereas a safe sport would be gymnastics or track and field.
Stay tuned, because next week Dr. Kash has some guidelines for choosing/finding the right eye protection for the athlete!
So, we’ve already established the fact that we want little Billy’s eyes and vision to be protected so he may have a future in Pro sports, but next comes the task of finding the right protective eyewear! Ah, but you might say ‘well little Billy wears prescription glasses and he has sunglasses too…isn’t that enough?!’ Dr. Kash has the answer to that question and it is……a …..resounding no! Little Billy needs sports eyewear or goggles. Unless little Billy is playing a low impact sport such as fishing, track and field, tennis, or golf. Even still, better to be safe than sorry!
You see, sports eye wear or goggles are made with an impact resistant material known as polycarbonate. This material can help protect the eyes from fast moving objects. And while material is important, choosing the right frame is equally as important.
Prescription lenses can be put in the majority of sports frames and the frames themselves are also made from a highly impact resistant material. Not to mention most of these frames come with a padding to protect the face and eyes from impact. Some protective sports eye wear can even be made to fit inside of a helmet if necessary.
When it comes to children, however, we need to, make sure to get the proper fit for the protective eyewear. Buying goggles bigger than necessary so a child can grow with them is a common mistake. Protective sports goggles should fit properly, not loosely, or on the flip side not too tightly.
So, Dr. Kash can’t stress enough the importance of protective eyewear, especially for the young eyes! Stay tuned because next week Dr. Kash has first aid tips in the event of an eye injury.
So now we know how important it is to protect little Billy’s eyes so maybe one day he has a shot in Professional sports, but what to do in the event little Billy forgets his brand new sports goggles or protective eye wear? This week Dr. Kash has some first aid tips in the event of an eye injury.
First things first, should a child sustain any type of eye injury never just assume that it is harmless! A call to the doctor couldn’t do any harm, on the contrary, it can help tremendously. Dr. Kash has the following advice for first aid:
- For any and all eye injuries, don’t rub or apply pressure to the eye.
- In the event of a blow to the eye, you can apply a cold compress but try not applying pressure. Contact your doctor.
- For cuts and punctures, do not wash the eye out. Shield the eye but do not apply pressure and contact your doctor immediately.
So when is an emergency trip to the E.R. the best thing to do? If any of the following things occur, Dr. Kash suggests going to emergency is best:
- Loss of vision or any trouble seeing.
- Severe eye pain or blood in the eye.
- Nausea or vomiting right after an eye injury.
Again, Dr. Kash wants to stress the importance of protecting young eyes by using the appropriate sports safety eyewear! The kiddos can’t enjoy their sports if they can’t see! Most eye injuries can certainly be prevented by taking the necessary measures to protect them! Stay safe!