Stay Active, Stay Safe

In the fall many of us, adults and children included, are involved in our favourite sports and activities. It’s easy to forget how vulnerable our eyes can be when we engage in sports, particularly higher risk ones.

It’s worth considering that appropriate protective eyewear is a smart choice when you choose to enjoy sports with a higher risk factor to your eyes. (Not to be confused with your regular glasses or contact lenses, both of which can increase risk in certain situations.)

Friends for Sight notes the following levels of danger to eyes for a number of popular activities:

High-risk sports include: hockey, ringette, paintball, basketball, and racquetball.

Moderate-risk sports include: tennis, soccer, and golf.

Low-risk sports do not involve high-speed balls, swinging clubs or bats, or close aggressive play, and include swimming and cycling.

Safe sports include track and field and gymnastics.

And, of course, sports that put us in contact with higher levels of UVA and UVB exposure from the sun can also make sun protection a smart choice (both skiing and snowboarding are good examples).

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind notes that 35% of eye injuries happen to children, and more than half of these occur when they are playing or engaged in sports. Boys are generally at higher risk, accounting for 73% of injuries. This makes it even more important to make sure your child(ren) understand the need to protect their eyes.

Earlier this year we wrote about Eye Safety at Home and the fall is a good time to remind ourselves of the risks we can mitigate and avoid. We can take our eyes for granted, and changes in season and activities are good times to remind ourselves of all they do for us.

If you have concerns about an eye injury or appropriate protection for a certain activity, please feel free to contact either our Almonte clinic or our Gloucester Clinic.

Summer Fun & Keeping Safe

Canada Day may be behind us, but the love of fireworks seems to extend all summer long especially when celebrations are involved. Being outdoors and active comes with risks and when things go wrong, there can be serious damage— especially to your eyes.

Summer Eye Safety

UV Rays: Consider investing in a good pair of sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection. The sun can cause cumulative and even irreversible damage to your eyes. UV exposure can contribute to the development of macular degeneration and cataracts, as well as cancers of the eyelids.

Sports: Our favourite summer sports can also be risky for our eyes. Remember to protect your eyes from flying objects when fishing, zip-lining, playing sports like badminton, and generally from the effects of wind, sand and sun. Snug-fitting, wrap style goggles will offer the best protection.

Alcohol: Broken glass and champagne corks aside, remember that alcohol and other forms of substance impairment can significantly increase the risk of injury.

Make the most of your favourite summer activities and look after your eyes at the same time. You’ll be glad you did!

If you have questions or concerns about your eyes this summer, please contact us.