Baltimore Ophthalmologist on Sports Eye Protection

Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Baltimore Ophthalmologist on Sports Eye Protection

Baltimore Washington Eye Center Ophthalmologist & Corneal Specialist Brad Spagnolo, M.D. provided helpful information about sports eye protection and the risk of eye injuries for athletes.

“The range of sports eye injuries that we see is pretty broad and includes corneal abrasions, bruises of the eyelids, retinal detachments and even internal bleeding. The more serious risks can involve infection along with permanent vision loss. April is Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month and the American Academy of Ophthalmology asks eye doctors to remind our community that 40,000 people a year suffer from sports-related eye injuries. These eye injuries can be devastating, and the only way to prevent them is by wearing protective eyewear,” said Dr. Spagnolo.

Athletes need to use the eye protection that is available for most sports, including basketball, baseball, hockey, football, lacrosse, fencing, paintball, water polo, golf and others. Tens of thousands of sports and recreation-related eye injuries occur each year. The good news is that 90 percent of serious eye injuries are preventable through use of appropriate protective eyewear. The risk of eye injury can vary depending on the activity. Make sure the level of eye protection you or others in your family use is appropriate for the type of activity. Regular eyeglasses do not offer proper eye protection. Athletes need to wear appropriate, sport-specific protective eyewear properly fitted by an eye care professional. Lenses made from polycarbonate materials provide the highest level of impact protection; they can withstand a ball or other projectile traveling at 90 miles per hour.

If you or someone you know has questions or would like help in selecting, fitting or choosing sports protective eyeglasses, you are encouraged to schedule an eye examination at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 and RiverHill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland.