Sports Eye Injury Statistics

According to a 2015 report by Prevent Blindness of America, over 31,000 sports-related eye injuries requiring costly emergency room care occur annually. The actual number is probably much higher if injuries treated in private physician offices were included. The report shows that the top sports-related eye injuries by sport are Basketball, Water and Pool Activities, Guns and Baseball/Softball.

As sports participation continues to grow and new "extreme sports” gain in popularity, the number of athletes who suffer eye injuries has the potential to grow considerably. School-aged competitors are particularly prone to eye injuries since their athletic skills (hand-eye coordination, balance, reaction time and speed) are still developing. However, under most circumstances, at least 90% of sports-related eye injuries are preventable with the proper use of protective sports eyewear.

The attached Sports-related eye injuries stat sheet is based on statistics provided in the 2014 calendar year by Prevent Blindness.