Shield Your Sight: Protecting Your Eyes from Sports Injuries


Playing sports is an excellent way to stay fit and enjoy an active lifestyle, but it also comes with inherent risks, including the potential for serious eye injuries. From high-impact collisions to flying objects, athletes of all levels can be susceptible to eye-related accidents. With proactive measures and safety precautions, athletes can protect their sight and prevent more severe injuries.

The first line of defense for protecting your eyes is wearing the proper eyewear. While prescription glasses or sunglasses can protect from the sun’s UV rays, they won’t be effective in preventing eye injuries.

Appropriate protective eyewear is the most effective way to safeguard your eyes while playing sports. Choose sports-specific goggles or helmets equipped with polycarbonate lenses that are impact-resistant and shatterproof. These goggles are designed to fit securely and comfortably, providing ample protection against fast-moving balls, racquets, sticks, or elbows.

Sports injuries to the eyes can lead to retinal detachment, retinal tears, retinal bruising, and vitreous hemorrhage, all severe eye conditions that can result from direct trauma to the eye. Protective eyewear can significantly reduce the risk of these injuries, helping athletes stay in the game without sacrificing their vision.

If an eye injury does occur, it’s crucial to seek professional help immediately. A prompt diagnosis will aid in obtaining appropriate treatment to promote healing and prevent long-term damage.

No matter what sport you’re playing, being proactive about eye safety is essential. Invest in quality protective eyewear and practice good habits on the field or court to help protect your sight.

You can enjoy your favorite sport without putting your eyes at risk. Dr. Ankit Desai at Windy City Retina can perform a comprehensive eye exam to assess any issues caused by playing sports and help protect your sight.

Visit or call us at 815-714-9115 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Desai.

Windy City Retina – Dr. Ankit Desai

15905 S Frederick St, Suite 105
Plainfield, IL 60586