Eye injuries can occur under many different circumstances. Whether participating in sports, home projects, recreation or crafts, it’s important that children of all ages wear proper eye protection to prevent eye injuries that could cause long-term damage.
Each year, thousands of children suffer eye injuries — some resulting in blindness — but more than 90 percent of these could be prevented with protective eyewear. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), many eye injuries occur in sports, with baseball being the most common sport to cause eye injuries in children between the ages of five and 14.
Parents, teachers and coaches can take steps to protect the eyes — and vision — of children. Here are some tips to help prevent children’s eye injuries:
If your child or a child in your care has suffered an injury to the eye, seek immediate medical attention from a primary care doctor, eye doctor or school nurse. Delaying medical attention could lead to permanent damage or vision loss. Remember these First Aid tips from the AAO when dealing with an eye injury:
• Gently cover any puncture wounds or cuts and seek medical treatment.
• In the event of a chemical exposure, flush the eye with water and seek treatment.