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Sports Eye Safety: Tips from our Eye Trauma Service

As the weather warms and the days lengthen, pick-up basketball games, youth sports leagues and outdoor activities are on the way.

When preparing for summer leagues, remember that eye protection is among your most important pieces of athletic gear.

According to a recent study published in JAMA Ophthalmology, about 30,000 people presented annually to the emergency room with sports-related eye injuries from 2010 to 2013, most commonly from basketball, baseball or softball, or shooting an air gun.

…That’s a big number, especially considering that the American Academy of Ophthalmology reports that about 90 percent of serious eye injuries can be prevented by wearing eye protection.

We spoke with Dr. Seanna Grob, Chief Resident and Director of the Eye Trauma Service at Mass. Eye and Ear, for her insight on sports-related eye injuries and prevention.

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