Requires DOE to develop educational fact sheet for distribution to parents concerning sports-related eye injuries.
NJEA supports A-1825 (Conaway, Wagner), which requires the Department of Education to develop an educational fact sheet for distribution to parents and guardians concerning sports-related eye injuries. Each year, thousands of Americans suffer eye injuries and an estimated 35,000 injuries occur while playing sports. Several thousand more are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet light during sports activities. Experts believe that 90 percent of all eye injuries can be prevented with minimal precautions such as the ones required in this bill:
- a list of the most common sports-related eye injuries and the recognition of the symptoms of those injuries;
- a recommendation that children seek treatment and advice from a licensed health care professional regarding the appropriate amount of time to delay the return to sports competition or practice after sustaining an eye injury;
- a recommendation that all children participating in school sports or recreational sports wear protective eyewear;
- information concerning the purchase of appropriate protective eyewear; and any other information the commissioner deems appropriate.
This legislation is a step in the right direction by educating children and parents alike.
NJEA urges you to vote “yes” on this legislation.