“Trauma is the second most frequent eye problem that we see in the teenage years,” says Dr. Koller, a pediatric ophthalmologist since 1971. Sports-related injuries are the leading cause, followed by bicycle spills and injuries involving BB guns and air rifles. Baseball is responsible for more eye injuries among children aged five to fourteen than any other sport—typically as a result of a batter being struck by the ball—while inadvertent elbow jabs and stabbing fingers account for the majority of eye injuries in basketball, which holds the same dubious distinction among fifteen- to twenty-year-olds.
Treatment: Call your pediatrician or eye doctor at once. There are several different treatments for eye injuries ranging from mild to serious and your pediatrician or ophthalmologist can make the correct determination as to how to treat your teenager.
Steps To Take When A Teenager Suffers An Eye Injury
Cuts and lacerations to the eye should be left untouched. Do not attempt to put medicine in the eye or flush it with water, and remind the young person not to rub his eyes. Gently place a bandage or gauze pad over the eye and head to the ophthalmologist right away.
Helping Teenagers Help Themselves
Every year, some thirty-three thousand young athletes injure their eyes participating in sports. Nine in ten of those mishaps could have been avoided. Insist that your sports-minded youngster wear protective lenses made of polycarbonate, a rugged material that is twenty times stronger than conventional eyewear.