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Protect Your Eyes When Playing Sports

Nearly 40,000 sports-related eye injuries — mostly from contact sports and blunt trauma — occur each year in the United States, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. And children account for one-third of those injuries.

Wearing protective eyewear is the easiest way to prevent 90% of sports-related eye injuries. If you or a family member are an athlete, keep a pair of goggles in your home or car so you’re always prepared.

Protective eye gear is particularly important for sports that involve a fast-moving ball such as tennis, racquetball, soccer, softball or baseball (particularly infielders).

The most common eye injuries in sports are abrasions and contusions, detached retinas, corneal lacerations, cataracts, hemorrhages and loss of an eye.

So don’t take chances — wear protective gear to maintain your eye health and precious sight.

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New Year, New Eyes: Make a Resolution to Keep Eyes Healthy in the New Year

It has been two full weeks since the start of the year, and many people have already given up on their resolutions — in fact, this past Saturday was “National Ditch Your New Year’s Resolution Day.” Many people center their New Year’s resolutions around eating healthier and losing weight, giving up easily when they don’t see immediate results.

This year, we suggest making a simple resolution to keep your eyes healthy. Here are a few steps you can take to help get you there, which may also help with your other resolutions:

  • Eat more eye-healthy foods. We all know by now how great carrots are for your eyesight, but do you know why? Carrots and other orange fruits and vegetables contain Beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A that helps your eyes function smoothly. Another suggestion — add leafy greens like kale and spinach to your diet. These are rich in the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which have been shown to lower the risk of developing cataracts and other eye problems.
  • Schedule routine eye exams. You should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam on a regular basis to check for common eye issues, such as myopia, hyperopia, glaucoma, cataracts and astigmatism. Several factors determine how frequently you need an exam, so check with your eye doctor to see what’s right for you.
  • Protect your eyes.Whether you’re playing sports, doing yard work, or lounging at the beach, it is very important to protect your eyes. If you’re outside, wear sunglasses that block UVA and UVB radiation. When doing home repairs, use protective lenses to prevent serious accidents.

Taking care of your eyes can be an integral part of your overall health plan — people who report having vision problems are more likely to have hearing and heart issues, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other serious health issues.

This is one New Year’s resolution that’s easy to keep! Set up an appointment with an eye doctor or Cataract Surgeon at Gainesville Eye Associates.