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This Month is National Sports Eye Safety Month

With the spring, along with a greater opportunity to engage in outdoor sports, comes an increase in the danger of eye injuries caused by sports accidents. Each year, many children and adults suffer sports related eye injuries that could be avoided with suitable safety measures and awareness. Protecting your eyes while participating in sports is essential particularly in contact sports or those that bring you out into the sun’s rays such as ice hockey, softball, football, squash, fencing, soccer, or golf.

You can avoid the majority of sports related eye injuries by wearing the correct protective eyewear best suited for the activity you’re involved in. The right eyewear will keep you safe from injury and will often also have lenses that block harmful UV light for when you’re outdoors. Sports eyewear is designed especially to prepare you for frequently occurring accidents. Everyday glasses typically don’t meet the minimum requirements for preventing impact, which means that even just a minor tumble can mean a serious sight-threatening injury.

Eye safety means more than using the correct protective eyewear. Eyesight is a primary component of how well you compete, so you must have good eyesight. For those who already wear eyeglasses, you can get protective sports glasses with a prescription, so you can see properly while you play safe. If you wear contact lenses, you might require a different lens than the ones you wear on a daily basis. Call your eye care professional about the options at your disposal.

All sports have a range of dangers and demands, so let your eye care professional determine your unique needs and fit you with the right eyeglasses or lenses that best fit your vision. This will only help you give you the boost that’ll help you excel and enjoy sports safety.

All sports have different needs and risks, so let your optometrist determine your specific needs and suggest the correct glasses or lenses to maximize your vision. This will help you gain the winning edge that’ll help you excel and have fun and be safe when you play sports.