As the team eye doctor for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, I am often asked the question, “Why don’t you force those guys to wear visors to save their eyes from getting hurt?”
That’s a great question because I’ve witnessed players getting their corneas scratched from the blade of a stick hitting them. I’ve witnessed blood floating in the front of the blue part (iris) of a player’s eye because a puck flew up and hit him straight in the eye. I’ve witnessed the bones of an eye socket break because the thumb of a glove punched into the eye so hard during a fight.
Hockey needs to make wearing visors mandatory while playing to save eyes.
Just recently in the news, we heard about “Tan Mom”, who was accused of taking her 6 year old to the tanning bed. Why is everyone so upset? Because tanning hurts your skin. A person can develop damaged skin, wrinkling and even skin cancer.
The sun's affects to the eyes are just as bad, they can lead to blindness.
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness over the age of 65 in the United States. The macula is the photoreceptive part of the eye that allows us to see 20/20. When the sun gets in there too much for too long, this area breaks down, much like the problems we have with our skin.
Who is out in the sun a lot? Golfers
Most golfers don’t wear sunglasses because they don’t think about it, other players aren’t wearing them or there’s a perception that vision is decreased.
The wrong type of sunglass will interfere with a player’s ability to read the green just like the line of the edge of a visor can affect a hockey player.'s ablity to see the puck.
There are now great sunglasses with the technology that actually improve how we see and read the greens. But more importantly, they save eyes by stopping the sun’s devastating effects to the retina.
Golf needs to make wearing sunglasses mandatory while playing to save eyes.
Carl Pettersson is my new hero. He can shoot an 8 under 62 in the first-round of the Wyndham Championship with his sunglasses on. What a role model!
(click here to read the article on Carl Pettersson's round of golf mentioned in this article)