Protecting your eyes and vision are always important no matter what you do. For athletes, this could mean the difference between suffering a severe injury and making a big play because of the reaction time that comes with their vision in a particular sport. Here are 5 tips on how athletes can protect their eyes:
Use Protective Eyewear
Sounds simple enough but athletes often neglect the importance in protecting their eyes. A sport like basketball has seen players getting poked in the eyes when going after a ball. Protective eyewear such as goggles can help shield players from inadvertent fingers or hands that may come into contact with them from scratching or hitting their eyes in the middle of a play. Well known NBA stars such as Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, James Worthy, and now the New York Knicks Amar’e Stoudemire all wear or have worn protective goggles for this reason.
It doesn’t take physical contact to damage one’s eyes. The sun can do damage as well to athletes who are competing outdoors. Sports like baseball and beach volleyball often find athletes wearing sunglasses to protect themselves from the sun’s UV rays. The glare from the sun can hinder an athlete’s performance in tracking a ball in play so sunglasses that are fitted and secure with little movement will keep athletes performing at a high level.
Before Lebron James took his talents to South Beach, he took his vision problems to have Lasik surgery done. James had never needed eyeglasses for reading or daily use but felt the need to improve his vision. The procedure was done quickly and James was able to resume normal activities soon afterwards. One of the many advantages of Lasik surgery is the quick recovery time and minimal side effects associated with the procedure.
Here’s a video I shot a few day post my Lasik surgery
Keep Your Hands Off
There may be times when an athlete gets dirt, mud, or other substances in their eyes. The key is to not rub their eyes, which may cause additional pain or damage or even damage the cornea. Rinse the eye out with clean water or saline solution.
Frequent Eye Exams
Athletes have physicals to check on their overall health. The same should be done to protect their eyes with frequent exams. Exams can help athletes identify any eye problems they may have such as glaucoma. Eye problems can be resolved if the issue is detected early on.