The International Sports Vision Association (ISVA) and Zyloware Eyewear announced the launch of Protect. Prevent. Play., a new educational resource designed to help eye care professionals educate parents, coaches, teachers, athletic trainers and athletes of all ages and skill levels about the importance of wearing appropriate protective eyewear to help reduce the chance of eye injury.
“About 30,000 sports-related eye injuries serious enough to end in a visit to the emergency room occur each year in the United States, and the majority happen to those under the age of 18,”1 ISVA president Alex Andrich, OD, FCOVD, said in a news release. Authors of one study found that 24.4% of all pediatric eye injuries treated in US emergency departments were related to sports and recreation.2
“In the blink of an eye, an athlete can fall victim to a catastrophic eye injury that can affect his/her vision and eye health for years to come,” said Dr. Andrich. “As Eye Care Professionals, it is our responsibility to educate our patients that no matter their age or skill level, wearing proper protective sports eyewear is as important as putting on other protective gear such as helmets and pads.”
More than 90% of sports- and recreation-related eye injuries can be prevented by using appropriate eye and facial protection.3
“Every-day dresswear eyeglasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses don’t offer adequate protection to guard against potential eye injuries and can actually make an injury worse,” explains ISVA Advisory Board member Jennifer Stewart, OD. “Although eye protection can’t prevent every injury, the use of proper eye protection has helped to reduce the number and severity of eye injuries.”
Protect. Prevent. Play. includes information about types of sports related eye trauma, what to do (and not do) following an eye injury, along with important information about selecting the proper protective eyewear for the sport(s) you play. This patient education resource can be found on the ISVA website at https://www.sportsvision.pro/athletes/protectpreventplay/, along with a downloadable PDF practitioners can post on their websites or print for distribution in their offices.