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April is Sports Eye Injury Awareness Month

Each year, an estimated 100,000 people are hurt by sports-related eye injuries. About 13,500 of these injuries result in permanent vision loss. In support of Sports Eye Safety Month this April, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) reminds athletes everywhere that the great majority of sports-related eye injuries can be avoided by simply wearing the proper protection.

Wisconsin emergency rooms treated more than 18,500 eye-related injuries (all causes) from October 2016 to September 2017. Many of these injuries could have been avoided by wearing proper protection. Wear eye goggles, safety glasses or protective shields when you are doing any work or activity that work with power tools or chemicals.