Fast Facts from the WHA Information Center: April is Sports Eye Injury Awareness Month

April 06, 2018

Each year, an estimated 100,000 people are hurt by sports-related eye injuries. About 13,500 of these injuries result in permanent vision loss. In support of Sports Eye Safety Month this April, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) reminds athletes everywhere that the great majority of sports-related eye injuries can be avoided by simply wearing the proper protection.

Wisconsin emergency rooms treated more than 18,500 eye-related injuries (all causes) from October 2016 to September 2017. Many of these injuries could have been avoided by wearing proper protection. Wear eye goggles, safety glasses or protective shields when you are doing any work or activity with power tools or chemicals.

Data provided by the WHA Information Center (WHAIC). WHAIC is dedicated to collecting, analyzing and disseminating complete, accurate and timely data and reports about charges, utilization, quality and efficiency provided by Wisconsin hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and other health care providers.

This story originally appeared in the April 06, 2018 edition of WHA Newsletter