IMAJ | volume 15
Journal 12, December 2013
Background: Eye injuries are common in sports. Sports-related eye injuries have the potential for major morbidity.
Objectives: To investigate the occurrence and to classify sport-related eye trauma in northern Israel.
Methods: We analyzed the records of the ophthalmology emergency department for the years 2007–2011 and classified the admissions according to type, severity of injury and demographic data.
Results: In 2% of the patients the injuries occurred during a sport activity. Most of the injuries occurred during soccer, basketball or school sport activity (74%). The majority of patients were young males.
Conclusions: Most sports-related eye injuries can be prevented with adequate eye protection.