Sponsored Feature: Prevent sports related eye injuries
Protective eyewear is key
Eye-related injuries occur every year during sports and recreational activities in Ireland. Ophtometrists say that that the best way to prevent a sports-related eye injury is always to wear the appropriate protective eyewear, correctly fitted by your local optician. They warn that any blow to the eye area that causes bruising or pain can result in a vision problem and should be checked out immediately by a doctor.
Sports eye injuries range from abrasions of the cornea (front surface of the eye) and bruising to the lids, to internal complications, such as bleeding or a detached retina.
Fortunately, the risk of suffering a sports-related eye injury can be reduced by wearing sport-specific protective eyewear. The key is to choose eye protection that has been designed and tested to the correct standards. Sports that approved eye protection equipment is widely available for include football, hurling, hockey, squash, water sports and skiing.
Opticians are seeking to raise awareness among parents, children and athletes that researching and using the correct safety eyewear can not only reduce incidence of eye injuries, but may also save your sight.