About 40,000 athletic-related eye injuries happen each year. Most of the damage is blunt trauma, which happens when something hits you in the eye. Just about any sport involving a ball, puck, bat, stick, racquet, or body contact is high-risk.
Black eyes are common, but broken bones under the eyeball and detached retinas are more serious. The overwhelming majority of sports-related eye injuries can be prevented. Talk to your doctor about how to guard your eyes while playing a specific sport, and to find out if you should wear protective lenses.