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Posted on 09-28-2017
As the parent of a teen, of course, you want to protect your child from accidents and injuries. Unfortunately, active teens are at an especially high risk of eye injury, which is why taking additional protective measures is so important. In addition to having your teen come into our office for an annual eye and vision exam, we encourage you to contact Dr. Cooper any time your teen has an eye injury or concerns about eye health issues.
Active teens, such as those who play contact sports, are at a greater risk of eye injury. This is especially true among teens that play sports like baseball and basketball, where the eyes are not usually protected with a caged helmet. Being hit in the eye with an object, such as a ball, can result in serious injury and damage to the eye itself. In serious instances, permanent vision loss or other long-term damage could even occur.
With this in mind, now is the time to make sure that your child has the necessary eyewear to avoid these kinds of injuries, especially during the athletic season. After all, most serious eye injuries can be easily avoided with the right eyewear. Keep in mind that having your child wear his or her regular glasses during play isn't usually the best idea, as traditional eyeglasses do not offer a full range of protection from all angles. Instead, consider prescription sports glasses with a strap that will keep them securely in place during play.
On the other hand, if your child wears contact lenses, then a protective shield should be worn in addition to a helmet during play. These shields can be found in sporting goods stores and can easily attach to most helmets. Protective (non-prescription) eyewear with straps can also be worn if your child wears contacts and plays a sport like basketball that does not require a helmet to be worn.
If you'd like further guidance on protecting your active teen's eye and vision health, or if your teen is showing any signs of an eye injury, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our Burlingame eye doctor today. You can reach Dr. Kim Cooper by calling our office directly at (650) 259-0300.
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