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April we recognize national Sports Eye Safety Month

As the spring comes, as well as a greater opportunity to participate in a new set of sports, comes an increase in the number of eye injuries caused by sports accidents. Every season, far too many people, both young and old incur sports related eye injuries that could be averted with proper defense. Using proper eye protection while playing sports is particularly important in high-impact sports or those that expose you to the sun such as basketball, softball, cricket, tennis, wrestling, volleyball, or fishing.

You can avoid most sports related eye accidents by wearing the proper protective eyewear best suited for the activity you are participating in. This will keep you out of harm's way and will often also have additional protection to shield you from harmful UV light for when you're outdoors. This sort of eye wear is designed especially to prepare you for frequently occurring conditions. Regular glasses typically won't provide impact resistance, meaning that even just a small hit can become a serious risk to eyesight.

Protecting your eyes during sports means more than selecting the right protective eyewear. Your sight is an important part of your ability to compete, so it's vital to have clear eyesight. For people who already require eyeglasses, you can get protective sports glasses or goggles that have a prescription that will also help to correct your vision. If you wear contact lenses, you might need a different lens than the lenses you wear on a daily basis. Speak to your eye care professional about the choices available to you.

Different sports are subject to different dangers and demands, so it's important to let your optometrist assess your specific needs and provide the correct eyeglasses or lenses that best fit your vision. This is key in helping you give you the boost you need to excel and have fun and be safe when you play sports.

All sports have a range of needs and risks, so let your optometrist assess your specific needs and suggest the right glasses or contact lenses best for your visual skills. This will only help you have the edge you need to excel and enjoy sports safety.

In order to be healthy, it is important to be active, play sports and exercise. However never forget to consider your eye safety. Taking these extra steps will only let you benefit from longer years of enjoying sports and healthy vision.