September is Sports Eye Safety Month
What is Sports Eye Safety Month?
Sports Eye Safety Month is sponsored by Prevent Blindness America (PBA). It is a reminder that thousands of eye injuries every year are related to sports.
What kind of injuries can occur due to sports?
Corneal Abrasion: One of the most common injuries due to sports is a corneal abrasion. An abrasion is a scratch on the surface of the eye. In most healthy patients, an abrasion will heal within 2-3 days. However it is important to see an eye physician treat the abrasion and to prevent infection as well as check your eyes for other injuries.
Traumatic Iritis: Traumatic iritis is inflammation of the iris. “Iri-“ (referring to the iris or blue/brown part of your eye) + “-itis” (inflammation). With iritis due to any cause, you can have eye pain, blurred vision, and usually very sensitive to bright lights.
Hyphema: Another common injury to the eye is a hyphema or bleeding inside of the front part of your eye. The bleeding will resolve on its own usually within 1-2 weeks but it can cause other severe eye problems including glaucoma so it is important to see your eye physician and follow instructions carefully if you have this type of injury.
Angle recession: This is damage to the fluid drainage system of the eye. If there is a significant degree of angle recession, you are at risk for glaucoma long term.
Retinal tear or retinal detachment: Thankfully this type of injury is rare but you are at risk for this for up to one year after any injury. Be mindful of any new flashing lights, floaters or little black spots in your vision or a curtain coming over your vision. If any of these occur, see your eye physician as soon as possible.
It is important to get your eyes examined if you have any eye trauma or injury to check for the problems listed above as well as many other sequelae to trauma that your eye physician can diagnose and treat before they affect your vision and life permanently. The best solution is always prevention!
What can I do to prevent eye injuries?
Visit April is National Sports Eye Safety Month to learn more.
Eye Health in Sports and Recreation
Preventing Eye Injuries
September is also National Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness Month
September is National Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness Month since 1983 when designated by President Reagan and introduced by Congressional Black Caucus to raise awareness of the disease as children go back to school, sponsor educational programs and help fundraising efforts. It sponsored by the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA).
How does Sickle Cell Anemia affect the eyes?
If a patient has trauma with hyphema and sickle cell anemia or sickle trait, he/she is at higher risk for glaucoma problems and loss of vision during and after the acute injury period. These patients must be monitored closely after a traumatic injury.
Sickle Cell Anemia can also cause non-perfusion or lack of blood flow to the peripheral retina and lead to retinopathy. The risk of retinopathy is low. Patients with SC or SThal disease are more likely to have retinal problems than SS disease patients.
Where can I learn more?
Sickle Cell Disease Association of America
CDC Sickle Cell Information Page
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