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Wear spectacles?

Published: 22 Nov 2004 - 21:14 by rippa rit

Updated: 30 Nov 2004 - 07:37

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About 90% of sports related ocular injuries can be prevented with the proper use of protective eyewear. For those who wear prescription glasses, always insist on polycarbonate lenses be used, as they are unbreakable. Wearing spectacles with glass lenses significantly increases the risk and severity of injury.

Contact lenses do not protect the eye from injury.

Body contact sports and sports using a ball, puck, bat, stick or racket, are classified as high risk and eye shields/protective eyewear are recommended..
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From prabbit - 24 Nov 2004 - 00:01

This is so terribly important. At a tournament this past weekend one player choose to wear only his normal glasses. The tournament director looked at his lenses and allowed them after seeing that the lenses were larger than his eye socket. This was a decision the tournament director later regretted.

The player was hit in the eye (just to the side) in a doubles hardball game by a relatively inexperienced player taking a dangerous shot. The player who was hit had completely cloudy vision in his eye within 20 minutes. He had to go to the hospital and we're told that it'll be at least two weeks before his vision will return to normal.

Sadly, the accident occurred. Fortunately for the injured player, his glasses didn't break. Two things should have occurred. First, the shot shouldn't have been taken and a let called, but more importantly, the player should have been wearing proper eyewear. They may not have prevented the injury, but wrap-around lenses may have reduced the damage.

Injuries aren't just caused by inexperienced players. They can happen to and by anyone.

Here's another useful URL: http://www.squashmagazine.com/vcm/squashmagazine.FEATURES.State_of_Game/your_eyes.html

Wear proper eyewear. Always.

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