Researchers reveal that protective eye wear safety and health advice should be made a norm for all competitors. The study especially focused on the sport of Badminton, which is gaining increasing popularity among people, particularly in Asia, but also elsewhere.
Considered safe, as the sport does not involve much of physical contact, however shuttlecocks which are small and dense, usually travel at a very high speed and in close proximity to the players. This has become a major attribute for causing eye injuries among players, researchers confirm.
For the study, researchers gathered information from 52 men and 33 women, who had sustained an eye injury during 2011 and 2017. The participants were aged between 15 and 65, and were known to be playing the sport for an average of seven years. However none of them were professional players.
It was observed that in 60 cases, the players were hit either by a shuttlecock or by a racquet, which caused injury in the other 25. While shuttlecock injuries were known to be more frequent, the injuries caused by racquets were determined to be more severe, for it produced more force to knock out the player, thus resulting into breaking glasses or even rupturing the eyeball.
According to the findings, the injuries had escalated in 73 cases, with only 10 cases drawn from single matches, while two other cases involved bystanders rather than players.
The injury type included 58 cases of hyphaema, where blood collects in the front chamber of the eye; while 36 had progressed to the case of secondary glaucoma. In 23 other, the lens was partially dislocated, leading to retinal detachment. 26 people were known to have required surgery for treatment.
“Use of protective eye wear is highly recommended, based on expert professional guidance, safety education and awareness of the ocular injuries that can occur,” prompted researchers of the study.