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Amare Stoudemire Speaks on Importance of Protective Eyewear

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Published on Jun 2, 2009

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Washington, DC (May 27, 2009) – Phoenix Suns forward Amar’e Stoudemire joined national vision experts on Friday, May 29, to share his recent personal experience with a season-ending sports-related eye injury. In late February, Stoudemire underwent surgery to repair a detached retina following an on-court incident. The injury and subsequent surgery ended the all-star’s season, which led Stoudemire to declare he will never again play basketball without protective eyewear.

“There is no doubt in my mind that if I had kept wearing protective eyewear, I would have prevented my eye injury,” said Stoudemire. “I am committed to wearing protective eyewear anytime I am on the court, and I encourage all athletes to do the same.”

Sports-related eye injuries are very common, yet many Americans do not wear protective eyewear. According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), more than 100,000 eye injuries related to sports and recreation occur each year and 42,000 require a trip to the emergency room. These types of eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children.

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