According to The Vision Council, an estimated 2.5 million eye injuries occur each year. Amar’e Stoudemire knows full well about the importance of good ocular health. The All-Star forward had his 2008-09 season cut short after February surgery to repair a detached retina, and he shared that experience while attending the third annual Vision Summit in Washington, D. C., last week.
“There is no doubt in my mind that if I had kept wearing protective eyewear, I would have prevented my eye injury,” said Stoudemire at the seminar. “I am committed to wearing protective eyewear anytime I am on the court, and I encourage all athletes to do the same.”
In addition to Stoudemire declaring he will wear protective eyewear for the duration of his career, the summit also addressed four key areas of vision protection: work, home, sports and the sun’s UV rays.