Jordi Monés advocates the use of eye protection when playing sport
Jordi Monés, the Director of the Institut de la Màcula, gave a talk entitled "Sport and Eye Trauma" at the offices of the Official College of Opticians and Optometrists of Catalonia (COOOC) last Tuesday. Dr. Monés said that it is desirable to use eye protection when playing sport in order to avoid injury. In his opinion, this recommendation is most applicable to grass-roots sport: «Every adult athlete has to assess the pros and cons, if there are any. In the case of children, on the other hand, we should get them used to wearing protection. If we assume that eyes are precision organs that we should protect throughout life, it is good to get into the habit of looking after them».
Dr. Monés presented the classification created by the Committee on Sports Medicine of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which distinguishes between sports that are of high risk, medium risk and safe for the eyes. The first list includes sports as popular as basketball and leisure activities like paintball. Football, tennis, volleyball and water polo, meanwhile, are classified as being of moderate risk, while the sports considered to be of low risk to the eyes are swimming, skiing and cycling.
Dr. Monés also recalled that prior to 2003 professional cyclists were not obliged to wear helmets. «The decision was disputed but nobody argues against it now» the Director of the Institut says. «Some years ago, no one went skiing with a helmet either and now it is a generalised practice».
Photo: Xavier Llobet, COOOC