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Avoiding Sports-Related Eye Injuries

Have you ever wondered how professional athletes keep their eyes safe? Many sports come with a high risk of injury, but eye injuries can be particularly damaging. That is why full-time athletes take the time to protect their eyes from potential injuries. Whether your interest in sports is recreational or a career, finding the right protective eyewear is a must for keeping your eyesight safe from harm. Schaeffer Eye Center can help you find the best protective eyewear for your sport of choice.

How common are sports-related eye injuries?

Every year, more than 40,000 people wind up in the emergency room with sports-related injuries to their eyes. The activities responsible for the highest number of eye injuries include basketball, baseball, and racquet sports such as tennis. The most common eye injury is blunt trauma, caused when the eyes are directly struck and damaged. Radiation injuries, caused by failure to protect your eyes from the sun, are common in water sports such as water skiing.

How can sports-related eye injuries be prevented?

The vast majority of the eye injuries that are sustained during recreational activities are entirely preventable. However, you should be aware that helmets and faceguards are not sufficient to protect your eyes. The surest way to avoid an eye injury is to use protective eyewear such as eye guards or safety goggles. It is important to make sure that your eyewear uses lenses that are made of 3-mm polycarbonate lenses, which both block the sun’s ultraviolet rays and protect your eyes against impact. Since these lenses are extremely light and thin, they will not burden or distract you while you are participating in sports. If you already wear glasses or contact lenses, protective eyewear can be fitted to your prescription.

At Schaeffer Eye Center, we offer high-quality protective eyewear to help you perform well on the field, including brands such as Kaenon and Vuarnet. We have been Alabama’s most trusted vision care provider for more than three decades. For more information on sports vision safety and frame selections call us today at (888) 987-2020.

Why Choose Schaeffer Eye Center for Your Contact Lens Care?

Schaeffer Eye Center’s Contact Lens Center of Excellence is dedicated to helping every patient find the right contacts to ensure healthy, accurate vision. If you are looking to get contact lenses, look no further than our vision center. Schaeffer Eye Center has the largest selection of products that include lenses for astigmatism, multifocal contact lenses and specialty contact lenses that can help even the highest prescriptions.

Our eye care professionals go through a 33-step process to evaluate and determine the fit, comfort, and vision with each lens to ensure the best outcome. Contact lens health education is also a very important part of the evaluations so you can continue to wear your contacts safely. Avoiding bad habits such as sleeping in your contact is one tip that our optometrist stress. Learn more about what you can expect from your experience at our Contact Lens Center of Excellence from this video.

When you choose Schaeffer Eye Center for your vision needs, you get access to the most advance eye care in Alabama. Evolve your eyes by calling (888) 987-2020 today.

How the King-Devick Test Can Help You

Fall brings the start of contact sports. Does your athlete have a baseline score for the King-Devick test? Developed more than 30 years ago, the King-Devick test is an effective means of testing for concussion after injury. It is an essential test for anyone who participates in contact and collision activities.

What is the King-Devick test? The King-Devick test was developed in 1976 to study eye movement while reading, which allows children to be screened for learning disabilities. During the test, you are presented with a series of single digit numbers and asked to read them aloud as quickly as possible. The test measures your eyes ability to read and track numbers also known as saccadic eye movements. The test takes about two minutes to complete, and it can be taken using cards, a computer, or even an iPad.

How does the King-Devick test help athletes?

The King-Devick test is used as a sideline tool to help screen for concussions. Once there is an established baseline, any test that shows an increase in time or errors indicates there may be some vision issues related to a possible concussion. A baseline is established before the season begins with the fastest of two trials without errors.

How widely used is the King-Devick test? Sports-related concussions are a national problem; every year, up to 3.8 million concussions are attributed to sports-related injuries. The King-Devick test is used around the country to test athletes in high schools and colleges, as well as at the professional level. Schaeffer Eye Center has teamed up with high schools in the greater area of Birmingham, Alabama, so that every athlete can have a baseline score.

Has your young athlete taken the King-Devick test? If not, call Schaeffer Eye Center. With 16 eye care centers in Alabama, we are your No. 1 resource for eye exams, eyeglasses and all of your other vision care needs. To schedule an appointment at one of our locations today, call (888) 987-2020 or request on appointment online.

Hyperopia vs. Myopia

Have you heard of hyperopia and myopia? If not, you may have heard of these vision problems by their more common names: farsightedness and nearsightedness. Use this vision care guide to see how these two conditions differ and how they can be treated:

What is Hyperopia?

Hyperopia is commonly known as farsightedness. People suffering from this condition have better and clearer vision when looking at far away objects than they do when looking at objects that are closer to their eyes. This condition occurs when the eye focuses light behind the retina instead of focusing light on the retina. Having hyperopia can make it difficult to read and complete tasks that involve working with your hands.

How is Hyperopia Treated?

Depending on the severity of your hyperopia, there are numerous ways we can improve your vision. Sometimes only part-time prescriptions are necessary while other times full-time correction may make your vision better. Many options exist to give you better vision like glasses, contact lenses, and even LASIK surgery for some cases.

What is Myopia?

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is another condition that affects vision. Unlike hyperopia, people with myopia can see closer objects better than distant ones. Myopia typically occurs when the eyeball does not retain its normal shape, causing incoming light to focus in front of the retina instead of directly on it. People suffering from myopia may experience problems at school or work because of their vision.

How is Myopia Treated?

Similar to hyperopia, myopia can be different for every patient. That is why it is important to visit an eye care professional and find an option that will work best for you. Eyeglasses and contacts can improve problems caused by myopia. LASIK surgery is also an option for some patients with myopia.

Learn more about correcting hyperopia and myopia by contacting Schaeffer Eye Center. Our optometrists can help you understand your vision problems and find the best solution. Request an appointment online or call us at (888) 987-2020.

September is Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month

Strong eyesight is essential to doing well in any sport. Clear vision, the ability to focus, and strong peripheral and central vision can all help you improve your performance on the field, whether you are swinging a bat, hitting a hockey puck, or dunking a basketball. If you have suffered a concussion, you need to find the right rehabilitation program to ensure that your eyesight and reflexes make a full recovery. September is Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month, which means that it is a great time to visit Schaeffer Eye Center for an eye exam. Be sure to ask your eye doctor how eye exercises and training can benefit you.

No matter what your sport of choice is, Schaeffer Eye Center offers the vision exercises and training you need to keep your edge. We also use the latest and best tests for post-trauma impairment assessment, such as the King-Devick test. For more information on Schaeffer Eye Center’s SportsVision program call our office today at (888) 987-2020.

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