April is national Sports Eye Safety Month

When the spring comes, along with more opportunity to engage in outdoor sports, comes a rise in the danger of sports related eye injuries. Every year, far too many people, both young and old incur eye injuries as a result of sport play that could easily be avoided with the right safety measures. Wearing proper eye protection while playing sports is important especially in high-risk sports or those that bring you out into the sun's rays such as field hockey, softball, football, squash, wrestling, water polo, or golf.

The majority of sports related eye accidents can be avoided by investing in the correct protective eyewear right for the activity you're participating in. Protective eyewear will keep you out of harm's way and will often also have lenses that block UV light for outdoor activities. This sort of eye wear is designed especially to protect your eyes from frequently occurring conditions. Conventional frames and lenses typically don't meet the minimum requirements for full protection, meaning that even just the smallest hit can become a serious eye injury that could potentially threaten your eyesight.

Sports vision is more than just selecting the appropriate eyewear. Eyesight is an important part of your ability to compete, so you must have clear vision. For people who normally wear glasses, you can get protective sports glasses that have a prescription to make it easier to be safe. If you wear contact lenses, you might need a slightly different lens than the ones you use everyday. Contact your eye care professional about the choices available to you.

Each sport has different demands and dangers, so allow your eye care professional to assess your specific situation and fit you with the correct glasses or lenses that best fit your visual skills. This will only help you get the edge that'll help you excel and enjoy sports safety.

Different sports include a range of needs and risks, so allow your eye care professional to determine your unique needs and suggest the correct glasses or lenses best for your vision. This will only help you gain the winning edge that'll help you excel and enjoy sports safety.

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