Protect Your Eyes During Exercise & Sports

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Few parts of the body are as important to protect during exercise and sports as the eyes.
Air Date: 11/18/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Daniel Laby, MD
Laby MEEI portraitDaniel M. Laby, MD, is the Pediatric Ophthalmologist and Sports Vision Specialist, Director of Sports and Performance Vision Center, SUNY College of Optometry, NY, NY; Assistant Clinical Professor, Harvard Medical School; Private practice; President of EYEcheck Systems, LLC and 20over8, LLC.

Dr. Laby has been trained in Ophthalmology and specializes in Sports Vision as well as Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. Dr. Laby attended the George Washington University School of Medicine, receiving his medical degree in 1987. He completed his residency in 1992 and a fellowship at UCLA in 1993. Dr. Laby has served as staff ophthalmologist for several professional sports teams including the LA Dodgers, NY Mets, St Louis Cardinals, LA Kings, and the Boston Celtics,as well as the St Louis Cardinals. Dr. Laby also worked with the US Olympic team prior to the Beijing Olympics. Currently, Dr. Laby currently works with the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs and the Houston Astros. Each year he screens the players at their respective training camps. In addition to performing a routine eye examination on each player, he evaluates several visual functions that are specifically important to sports performance. Dr. Laby is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, and is a full member of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus as well as the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and has authored many journal articles, textbook chapters, and is the co-author of Dictionary of Ophthalmology. Dr. Laby has been featured on Fox News and NPR as well as over a dozen local television and radio stations. His work has been featured in Sports Illustrated ad well as the Boston Globe. The American Optometric Association, for his work in Sports Vision, honored Dr. Laby with it’s Eagle award. Recently, Dr. Laby was appointed Director of the new Sports and Performance Vision Center at the SUNY College of Optometry in NYC.
Protect Your Eyes During Exercise & Sports
Protecting your eyes while exercising and playing sports should be a priority.

If something flies into your eyes (or your children's eyes) while playing sports, don't rub!

One expert in this matter, Dr. Daniel Laby, advises using a non-medicated eye drop to clear them out; similar to what your tears would do. Protective eyewear has come a long way and is not so "geeky" to be seen in.

Listen in as Dr. Laby gives great suggestions to help you keep your eyes safe.