In the News: Reeves Nelson of the UCLA Bruins Will Now Wear Protective Eyewear
UCLA Bruins basketball player, Reeves Nelson recently had laser eye surgery to repair a tear in his left retina. After being elbowed and slammed around – at one point hitting the right side of his head to the ground after a slam dunk – he will now wear protective eyewear when he returns to the game. Reeves also suffered at least two black eyes this season. This is a good reminder that it’s essential to wear protective eyewear when playing sports. Tens of thousands of sports and recreation-related eye injuries occur each year. The good news is that 90 percent of serious eye injuries are preventable through use of appropriate protective eyewear. For all age groups, sports-related eye injuries occur most frequently in baseball, basketball and racquet sports. More information on sports related eye injuries and protective eyewear can be found here: www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/injuries/sports.cfm.
This article reprinted with permission from the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeSmartTM campaign (www.geteyesmart.org).