cosmetic procedures
comprehensive eye care

Which sport causes the most eye injuries?

April is Sports Eye Safety Month. This month, South East Eye encourages all our patients to wear proper eye protection when participating in athletic activities.

Potential eye injuries that can result from sports include corneal abrasions, orbital fractures, detached retina, and even cataracts. In some instances, people have even had their eyes dislodged from their sockets.

But which sports are the most dangerous for your vision?


Basketball is the leading cause of eye injuries in children. Protective eyewear made from polycarbonate lenses is the best way to keep your eyes safe during basketball.

Right now, there’s a viral video of a basketball player whose eye was dislodged from his socket – we don’t recommend watching it.


Baseball is another leading cause of eye injuries among children 14 years and younger, with flying bats and careening balls as the main culprits.

Certified helmets with attached safety glasses (for batters and base runners) and protective eyewear for fielders can protect your vision.

Racquet sports

Racquet sports include badminton, table tennis, tennis, squash, and racquetball. Since these sports rely on quickly reacting to fast-moving balls, it’s no wonder they have a high incidence of eye injuries.

Once again, protective eyewear with polycarbonate lenses is a must.

Although basketball, baseball, and racquet sports are responsible for the bulk of eye-related injuries, other sports can also pose risks to your eye safety. Ice hockey, lacrosse, and boxing are particularly risky, as well as soccer and field hockey.

Can regular glasses protect my eyes?

Unfortunately, glasses do not provide sufficient eye protection during sports or other recreational activities. Worse still, they can shatter if damaged, resulting in further injury.

The only way to protect your eyes while playing sports is to make sure you have the proper protective eyewear. In fact, 90 percent of serious eye injuries are preventable through use of protective eyewear.

ASTM International sets the standards for sports eye protection, so before you spend money on those special glasses, make sure they’re certified!

Do you have any questions or concerns about sports-related eye health? South East Eye can help. Contact us today to learn more about how to keep your eyes safe and healthy.

Are you a Cataract Surgery
Are you a LASIK
an Appointment
Learn More About
Financing Options

Our Locations


3215 Shrine Road, Suit 6
Brunswick, GA 31520

douglas OFFICE

306 Radcliffe Avenue
Douglas, GA 31533

waycross OFFICE

 2507 Alice Street
Waycross, GA 31501

hinesville OFFICE

556 Oglethorpe Highway
Hinesville, GA 31313

jesup OFFICE

125 W Cherry Street
Jesup, GA 31545

swainsboro OFFICE

125 A Victory Drive
Swainsboro, GA 30401

vidalia OFFICE

206 Maple Drive
Vidalia, GA 30474

st. Mary's OFFICE

775 C. Kings Bay Rd
St. Marys, GA 31558

fernandina beach OFFICE

6 S 14th St
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Baxley office

18 Luckie St
Baxley, FL 31513

Callahan, FL

18 Luckie St
Baxley, FL 31513

Contact us

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form