oa South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Eye injuries and eye protection in sports International Sports Medicine Federation (FIMS)

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



The International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS) calls attention to the fact that, while injuries in sports can be relatively frequent, they are almost completely preventable. Loss of sight, even in one eye, involves changes in lifestyle for the individual and serious financial and social consequences both for the individual and for society as a whole. It is imperative that sport eye injury risk be reduced to as low a level as possible by enforcement of existing safety rules or by rule changes, where applicable. All athletes should be prescribed eye protectors where appropriate to the sport.

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