Eye injuries in Canadian sports and recreational activities

Can J Ophthalmol. 1992 Aug;27(5):226-9.


Over 4000 eye injuries, including 449 blind eyes, have been reported in sports and recreational activities in Canada over the past 20 years. This is not only a great personal loss but also a financial loss, both to the injured person and to the community. Statistics should be tabulated on catastrophic injuries that leave the person with a physical or mental deficit, such as a blind eye, and efforts should be directed toward preventing such injuries. Changing and enforcing game rules and providing proper eye protection has proved very beneficial in Canadian hockey, racket sports and war games. Educational programs supported by the media and government that alert players to the need for eye protection are required. Such measures may lead to the prevention of up to 90% of injuries in sports and recreational activities in Canada.

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control
  • Blindness / epidemiology
  • Blindness / prevention & control
  • Canada / epidemiology
  • Eye Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Eye Injuries / prevention & control
  • Eye Protective Devices
  • Humans
  • Recreation*