It is not surprising that 40,000 athletes suffer eye injuries while playing sports. Just recently, as a result of those statistics, it is now manditory for girls playing high school field hockey to wear protective eye gear.
Prevent Blindness America (PBA, Chicago) is urging athletes to wear protective eyewear such as goggles, faceshields, prescription protective sports eyewear, and UV protective eyewear.
With these suggestions, hopefully the number of sports related eye injuries will be on the decline.
Cynthia Matossian, MD