It is important that people wear the necessary eye protection during physical activity, particularly when balls or apparatus is involved, an expert has advised.
Dr Scott Lambert, a professor of ophthalmology at Emory University, said that many people forget that their vision is potentially being placed in danger when they take part in sport involving clubs, stick and balls.
"Projectiles, such as tennis balls, baseballs and basketballs aren"t the only dangers to eyes. Pokes and jabs from other athletes may also lead to eye injuries," he explained.
The expert added that trauma to the eye as a result of sports injury could lead to conditions including bleeding in the eye, cataract or even blindness, so precautionary measures are vital.
by Emily Tait