The results of a 2001
study by Prevent Blindness America
showed over 38,000 people experienced a
sport related eye injury and needed
emergency room treatment, and in some
cases, even further attention. Some of
the highest eye injuries occur in
children between the ages of 5 to 14 and
are caused by participation in
basketball, baseball, softball,
football, racquet sports, and swimming.
Nearly one-half of eye injuries require
costly emergency room care. It's also
important to remember that even if an
eye injury seems to be minor; it may be
serious. Symptoms like loss of vision or
severe pain or tenderness in ducts
around the eye require immediate medical
Don't Be Duped
If your child plays a sport that
requires a helmet or face guard, don't
make the mistake of thinking your
child's eyes are protected from
injuries. Your child's eyes are still
exposed to danger from sports equipment
or an opponent's fingers penetrating the
openings of a face mask.
Likewise, if your child wears glasses,
everyday fashion eyewear is not held to
the same protective standards as regular
eyewear products labeled as protective
eyewear for sport use. The lens in your
child's regular eyeglasses could easily
pop out and puncture or cut the eye. A
frame mangled from impact could also
injure the eyes and ocular region of the
You Can Take Action
The good news is that you can help
prevent your child from being sidelined
because of a serious eye injury. You can
make the decision to protect their eyes
as well as the rest of their body by
adding protective sport goggles to their
While sport goggles provide significant
protection, they cannot guarantee to be
unbreakable or guard against all
foreseeable impacts. However, a quality
pair of sport goggles equipped with
polycarbonate lenses can be sight savers
since they help keep the eyes and
surrounding ocular region safe. For kids
who need corrective prescription lenses,
we can make
a pair of prescription lenses that fit
into their sports goggles.
The important thing
for parents and their children who wear
contact lenses to remember is that
contacts are prescribed medical devices.
Contact lenses are not a cosmetic
accessory. While the wearer may be happy
about his or her new look, it's
extremely important that the lenses be
properly cleaned and worn according to
the instruction of the eye doctor.
Vision Centers are in Reno Nevada and Winnemucca
Dr. Southam and his caring eye staff provide personalized 'One-on-One' eye care. The
Black Rock Vision Centers in Reno and Winnemucca
Nevada have earned their reputations of providing the finest in eye healthcare, eyewear and contact lenses.
We will make every effort to take a
complete approach to your eye care.
This means that we will take the time to not
only understand your eye health and visual
needs, but your general health, lifestyle,
and dietary habits as well. This is somewhat
rare in health care today, but we think you
will find it to be a refreshing change.
Seeing 20/20 doesn't necessarily mean your eyes are healthy. Many eye problems can only be detected during a thorough eye exam. Our eye doctor uses
the latest innovative diagnostic equipment to detect even the smallest changes in your vision and eye health. We will evaluate your risk factors for diseases of the eye. It's important to know that diseases of the eye can also be an indicator of general health issues.
Schedule your Eye health and Vision appointment today with our experienced eye care providers at our
Reno or Winnemucca Optometrist offices and give your vision the level of care and attention it deserves.