Three professional basketball eye injuries in the past months emphasize the dangers of high-energy sports. All three of these injuries could have likely been prevented by sports glasses or goggles.
On March 28, New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday was sidelined for the rest of the season with an orbital fracture after a collision with the New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis in the last minute of play. An orbital fracture means that bones around the eye are broken.
Boston Celtics forward Evan Turner got into a scrape in Los Angeles on April 3, and ended up with an abrasion of his left eye. The injury came while Turner and Lakers Julius Randle were both going for a rebound. The poke in the eye left him with an abrasion and bleeding around the eye.
Lakers forward Brandon Bass had to sit out a game in March after scratching his cornea three days earlier. Bass tried and then declined protective eyewear during practice the day before.
We strongly recommend proper protective eyewear for all high-risk sports, including youth sports. Eye injuries are all too common in basketball and other sports. Among amateur athletes in the United States, there are an estimated 6,000 eye injuries each year just from playing basketball.
Many, as Kareem Abdul Jabar find that the “coolest” in sports wear protective goggles!