Safety glasses for sports

Uploaded by SunnybrookMedia on 28.05.2012


Two years ago, Carter Nattrass was hit in the eye
with a baseball. I like fell down and
it was pretty scary. I couldn't look out of
it because it was so swelled up. My first reaction as any parent
is boy, you've got a really good shiner there. Just going back to my childhood
lots of us had black eyes so we didn't think anything of it. Unfortunately
the damage was more severe than anyone initially thought.
Since the accident, Carter has endured 7 surgeries on his right eye,
to repair a detached retina and cataract. And during some of the
recovery, he had to lay immobilized for days at a time.
You OK like that? Yes. While this may seem
like a fluke, Sunnybrook's Head of Ophthalmology Dr. Peter Kertes
says, sports related eye injuries are more common than people realize.
I don't think we can ever emphasize enough the importance of
eye protection in sports, even in sports where we don't think
the eye as being particularly vulnerable. That includes
sports like soccer, basketball, badminton and baseball.
Pokes in the eye or blunt trauma can cause bruising, retinal detachment, bleeding
all of which can lead to blindness in severe cases. Blunt
trauma also raises the risk of developing a number of eye diseases, such as
glaucoma over time. Thankfully, safety glasses can offer
significant protection. Available at some sports and optical stores
they can even be fitted with a prescription.
They don't have to be goofy looking. There are lots of safety glasses that are
cool looking. It's all
about the material the lens is made of.
He recommends buying a polycarbonate lens which can withstand a hard blow
without shattering. Some varieties even have rubber backing to offer
further comfort and protection.
Much like helmets are mandated in hockey, Dr. Kertes would like to see
the same happen for safety glasses in other sports. So would Carter.
Some of these injuries, they happen in an instant.
And we live with the damages for life.
They are so easily preventable, it's always a tragedy to see somebody
with a significant eye injury from a totally preventable
accident. I don't think they realize
how important it is, and they just think it happened to one kid so
it won't happen to them. So I think they should be more careful.
Brett says awareness about the importance of eye protection in sports needs to happen
on many levels: kids, parents, schools and sports associations.
If it's not your child right now, it won't happen.
It's the old, it's somebody else it will happen to, not me.
But when it's your child, it's probably a good idea.
With Sunnyview, I'm Monica Matys.