Which Sports Are Most Associated With Eye Injuries?

Dr. Mai-Vy Hoang 09/08/2016

playing-basketball.pngWhen the average person heads out to participate in sports, the last thing on the mind is an eye injury. Sports really do have the potential to cause debilitating eye injuries. All in all, participation in sports causes a whopping 40,000 eye injuries each year. This is not to say that all sports pose a serious threat to the eyes. Some sports are more dangerous than others.


Basketball causes the most eye injuries. From flailing elbows to errant fingers in the eye and basketballs that take funny bounces, this sport has proven to be surprisingly gruesome.


Baseball poses a credible threat to eye health. Consider the number of errantly thrown pitches that hit batters in head. Even something as simple as sliding into a base can kick up loose dirt that ends up in the eyes.

Racquet Sports

Tennis and racquetball aren't played with more than four total players yet these sports pose a serious threat to the eyes. Racquetball is particularly dangerous as players compete in a small, enclosed space in close proximity to others. As a result, the swinging of rackets and random ball bounces off the four walls often cause contact with the eyes.

What To Consider Before Participating In Sports

If you have any sort of eye problem or a family history of retinal problems, be sure to discuss the matter with your doctor before you engage in sports competitions. Such risk factors put your eyesight in danger when you compete with others for athletic glory. Have your eye doctor examine your eyes to ensure that engaging in sports won't pose a risk for an eye injury.

Do not hesitate to don protective eyewear when participating in sports competitions. Though you might feel a bit self-conscious wearing protective goggles or other athletic headwear, it is well worth it.

If you would like to learn more about how to protect your eyes when competing, schedule an appointment with Broome Optical. Our team will educate you about ways to prevent eye injuries. We'll test your eyes, update your prescription and set you up with the right pair of protective eyewear. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment.

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