March madness may be behind us, but one thing about the game is still a slam-dunk—basketball remains the leading cause of sports related eye injuries. As reported in the journal Pediatrics, basketball related eye injuries lead to the most emergency room visits among kids under the age of 17 in the U.S. Following closely behind are eye injuries sustained while playing baseball, softball, and from using non-powder guns, such as pellet guns or airsoft rifles. The most common types of eye injury for these activities are corneal abrasions.
But basketball related eye injuries certainly aren’t limited to kids or amateurs. Consider these scenarios: