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This month we acknowledge Sports Eye Safety Month

With the spring, along with a greater chance to engage in outdoor sports, comes an increase in the risk of eye injuries caused by sports accidents. Every year, far too many children and adults sustain eye injuries as a result of sport play that could easily be prevented with suitable protection. Guarding your eyes while participating in sports is particularly important in high-risk sports or those that expose you to the sun such as hockey, softball, cricket, racquetball, fencing, water polo, or golf.

You can prevent most sports related eye injuries by using the correct protective eyewear right for the activity you're participating in. This will keep you out of harm's way and will also have lenses that shield you from UV light for outdoor activities. Sports eyewear is designed to protect your eyes from common accidents. Everyday frames and lenses usually won't provide preventing impact, meaning that a minor collision can turn into an actual sight-threatening injury.

Sports vision goes beyond choosing the right protective eyewear. Your sight is an important factor of your ability to play sports, so you must have clear vision. For those who ordinarily require eyeglasses, you might need protective sports glasses that have a prescription that will also help to correct your vision. If you wear contact lenses, you might need a slightly different lens than the ones you wear on a daily basis. Speak to your optometrist regarding the choices available to you.

Each sport has differing dangers and demands, so it's important to let your eye care professional determine your unique needs and provide the right eyeglasses or lenses to maximize your vision. This is key in helping you get the edge you need to excel and enjoy sports safety.

Different sports include differing needs and risks, so let your optometrist identify your unique needs and suggest the correct eyeglasses or contact lenses best for your eyesight needs. This will only help you gain the winning edge you need to succeed and have fun and be safe when you play sports.