Vision Care Product News

MAY 2017

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Page 23 of 83 VCPN 22 MAY 2017 Summer is around the corner, and with it, sports. Kids fill their days at camp, in the pool and riding bikes. While sunscreen is oen on the list, vision protection is too oen missing. Sports contribute to 42,000 emergency room visits for eye injuries alone, more than 13,000 of which lead to perma- nent vision loss. error or binocular vision problems can increase their performance on the field or court while reducing their risk of injury. Optometrists can also educate their community. Talk to school nurses and local parent-teacher or- ganizations about educating school sports teams and coaches on the importance of protecting vision. Safety Starts Here Ann Hoscheit, OD, is a consultant with EyeBridge Consulting Associates and provides patient care at Cherry- ville EyeCare, Cherryville, NC. Sandi Farnham, OD, provides pri- mary care with an emphasis on binocular/sports/pediatric vision at Advanced Family Eye Care, Denver, NC. They are among the more than 19,000 optometrists listed on the Think About Your Eyes online locator. First Vision Media Group is a media partner of Think About Your Eyes. Protective eyewear can prevent approximately 90% of sports-related eye injuries in children. Basketball and baseball gener- ate the most injuries, followed by racket sports such as tennis and badminton. While a ball hit by a bat is three and a half times more likely to cause injury than a pitched ball, eye injuries in sports go be- yond flying projectiles. Swimming, boxing and bicycling all pose risks. Protective eyewear can prevent approximately 90% of sports-relat- ed eye injuries in children, so the need to educate patients is great. e first step lies with optometrists building relationships with pa- tients. Parents and children need to understand that eye safety should be a requirement for most sports. Spend time at each annual eye exam getting to know patients and their hobbies, especially with pe- diatric patients who oen change hobbies and sports every few months. Ask if they are aware of the sports safety precautions they should take. If not, educate them. Continue to stress the importance of an annual eye exam, and point out that correcting any refractive Consider even being the "team op- tometrist" to safeguard the vision of a group of young and impres- sionable athletes. It all starts with an annual eye exam and continues with taking the time to get to know patients and their specific needs. It could save their vision. Hoscheit Farnham RELEVANT NEWS AND PRODUCT RELEASES! IT'S FREE AND EASY TO SIGN UP! KEEP UP WITH WHAT'S NEW THIS MONTH! Fresh, vital content, delivered to your inbox monthly.

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