Three NBA Eye Injuries in One Month
Three professional basketball eye injuries in the past month remind us of the dangers of high-energy sports. All three of these injuries could have been prevented by approved safety glasses or goggles. Are you playing safe?
Jrue Holiday Out With Orbital Fracture
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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—in Holiday’s case, in the area below the eye.
Evan Turner Bleeding in Eye
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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 in the last few seconds against the L.A. Lakers while Turner and Julius Randle were both going for a rebound. The poke in the eye left him with an abrasion and bleeding in the eye. Doctors and team staff have not yet determined when he’ll be back.
Brandon Bass Sits Out with Corneal Scratch
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Lakers forward Brandon Bass had to sit out a game on March 18, after scratching his cornea three days earlier. Bass tried and then declined protective eyewear during practice on March 17.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends proper protective eyewear for all high-risk sports. Eye injuries are all too common in basketball and other professional sports. And among amateur athletes in the United States, there are an estimated 6,000 eye injuries each year just from playing basketball.
If you’re ready to get serious about protecting your eyes, find out more about what kind of protective eyewear is right for your sport or activity.