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This month we recognize Sports Eye Safety Month

With the spring, along with more chance to participate in outdoor sports, comes an increase in the danger of eye injuries related to sports. Each year, far too many children and adults incur sports related eye injuries that could easily be avoided with the right safety measures and information. Protecting your eyes while participating in sports is essential particularly in contact sports or those that bring you out into the sun such as ice hockey, baseball, lacrosse, badminton, boxing, volleyball, or golf.

You can avoid the majority of sports related eye accidents by wearing the proper protective eyewear right for the type of physical activity you are participating in. Protective eyewear will keep you safe from injury and will also have lenses that shield you from UV light for when you're outdoors. Eye wear made specifically for sports is made to prepare you for frequently occurring accidents. Regular frames and lenses typically don't meet the minimum requirements for preventing impact, meaning that a minor tumble can turn into an actual eye injury that could potentially threaten your eyesight.

Sports and eye safety goes beyond choosing the appropriate eyewear. Your sight is an essential part of your ability to compete, so you need to have strong vision. If you normally wear glasses, you might need protective sports glasses that have a prescription that will also help to correct your vision. For contact lens wearers, you might need a different lens than the lenses you normally wear. Speak to your optometrist regarding the options at your disposal.

Each sport has differing dangers and demands, so it's important to let your eye care professional determine your unique situation and suggest the right glasses or contact lenses to maximize your visual skills. This is key in helping you get the edge you need to excel and have fun safely.

Different sports include differing needs and risks, so it's important to allow your eye care professional to assess your unique needs and suggest the correct eyeglasses or contact lenses best for your vision. This is key in helping you give you the boost that'll help you excel and have fun safely.