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This month is Sports Eye Safety Month

As the springtime comes, along with often better weather, comes an increase in the risk of eye injuries related to sports. Every season, many children and adults suffer sports related eye injuries that could easily be avoided with proper safety measures. Wearing proper eye protection while playing sports is particularly important in high-risk sports or those that expose you to the sun's rays such as basketball, baseball, football, squash, full-contact martial arts, soccer, or fishing.

The majority of sports related eye injuries can be avoided by using the correct protective eyewear right for the activity you might be involved in. This will keep you out of harm's way and will also have additional protection to minimize your exposure to harmful UV light for outdoor activities. Sports eyewear is made to protect your eyes from frequently occurring accidents. Conventional glasses usually aren't adequate for full protection, meaning that even just a minor hit can turn into a serious risk to eyesight.

Sports vision is more than just choosing the appropriate protective eyewear. Your sight is an essential part of your ability to compete, so it's vital to have clear vision. For those who ordinarily require eyeglasses, you might need protective sports glasses or goggles with a prescription, so you can see properly while you play safe. If you wear contact lenses, you may require a different lens than the lenses you wear on a daily basis. Call your optometrist about the choices that are right for you.

Each sport has differing demands and dangers, so allow your optometrist to assess your unique needs and fit you with the right glasses or contact lenses that best fit your visual skills. This is key in helping you gain the winning edge you need to excel and have fun and be safe when you play sports.

All sports have different needs and risks, so let your optometrist determine your specific needs and fit you with the right glasses or lenses best for your visual skills. This will help you give you the boost you need to excel and have fun and be safe when you play sports.