Sports Eye Safety on the Forefront

Bob Hope, well-connected Atlanta public relations executive and president of Hope-Beckham, Inc., Darren LaPorte, business development director for GV Financial Advisors, Jenny Pomeroy, CEO of Prevent Blindness Georgia and Barbara Myers, community education & advocacy director of Prevent Blindness Georgia, met today to talk about eye safety. They put their heads together to develop ideas on how to get the message out about protecting your eyes while playing sports. 

(L to R) Bob Hope, Jenny Pomeroy and Darren LaPorte discuss sports eye safety.

Statistics show that nationwide more than 600,000 eye injuries related to sports and recreation occur each year with 42,000 requiring emergency room attention.  More than 90 percent of these injuries can be prevented through the use of appropriate protective eyewear. At greatest risk for eye injuries are sports participants who wear corrective eyewear like contacts, eyeglasses or sunglasses.  The numbers show that sports that have a high-to-moderate risk of eye injury include: basketball, baseball, softball, lacrosse, hockey, tennis, soccer, volleyball, water polo and football. 

Prevent Blindness Georgia aims to bring attention to sports eye safety. With the help of Bob Hope and Darren LaPorte, we are sure to be successful.

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