Every 13 minutes, an emergency room in the United States treats a sports-related eye injury.
43% of these eye injuries are to children from ages 14 and younger; 72% of those injured are 25 and younger.
Basketball is the number one overall sport for eye injuries with around 6,000 people hurt annually. Basketball eye injuries are also the most common sports related injury in the category of 15 years old and up.
Corneal abrasions are the most common type of eye injury (as evident by the picture above!).
Baseball is the leading cause of sports related eye injuries in the 14 year old and younger category. The majority of these injuries occur when the athlete is fielding the ball as opposed to hitting. Bi
So, here is the estimated overall injuries a year by sports category:
4,500: Water and Pool activities
4,200: Guns (air, gas, spring, BB)
2,300: Health Club (exercising, weight lifting)
The sports related "vision" injury that I treat the most is concussions which have a visual component. In other words, the part of the brain that is in charge of determining what we are seeing is concussed. This causes athletes to have blurred vision, motion sickness, light sensitivity, poor focus and dizziness.
It is estimated that there are 300,000 sports related concussions per year. The general consensus is that most of these have a visual component but that these injuries heal the quickest. I treat athletes who have lingering visual problems usually after two weeks from impact.
With the NBA starting it's season, I thought I'd give you some fun stats in the world of sports and eye injuries. Work hard, play hard but don't...shoot your eyes out!
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