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Prevent Blindess Information

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More than 40,000 sports related eye injuries occur each year. The most common eye injuries, among all age groups, occur in baseball, basketball, and racquet sports; and almost all sports-related eye injuries can be prevented. Take the following recommended precautions to avoid sports' eye injuries:

1) Wear proper safety goggles (licensed polycarbonate protectors) for racquet sports or basketball.

2) Use batting helmets with polycarbonate face shields for youth baseball.

3) Use helmets and face shields approved by the U.S. Amateur Hockey Association when playing hockey.

4) Know that regular glasses do not provide enough protection.

Along this same subject line, the most common causes of eye injuries to children include:

1) Misuse of toys.

2) Falls from beds, against furniture, on stairs, and when playing with toys.

3) Misuse of everyday tools and objects like knives, forks, pens, and pencils.

4) Automobile accidents.

For more information about preventing eye injury you may contact me, or log onto the Prevent Blindness Oklahoma website at: www.preventblindnessok.org

Nurse Waits