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This month we recognize Sports Eye Safety Month

When the springtime arrives, as well as more opportunity to engage in outdoor sports, comes an increase in the danger of eye injuries caused by sports accidents. Each year, far too many people, both young and old incur sports related eye injuries that could easily be avoided with proper protection. Protecting your eyes while participating in sports is essential particularly in contact sports or those that bring you out into the sun's rays such as field hockey, baseball, lacrosse, badminton, fencing, volleyball, or fishing.

Most sports related eye accidents can be prevented by investing in the proper protective eyewear right for the activity you might be involved in. Protective eyewear will keep you out of harm's way and will also have lenses that minimize your exposure to harmful ultra-violet light for outdoor activities. This sort of eye wear is made to protect your eyes from frequently occurring conditions. Conventional frames and lenses typically don't meet the minimum requirements for preventing impact, meaning that a small collision can turn into a serious eye injury that could potentially threaten your eyesight.

Protecting your eyes during sports is more than just using the correct protective eyewear. Your vision is a primary component of your ability to compete, so it's vital to have clear eyesight. If you ordinarily wear glasses, you'll need protective sports glasses or goggles that have a prescription to make it easier to be safe. If you wear contact lenses, you may require a slightly different lens than the lenses you normally wear. Contact your eye care professional regarding the choices at your disposal.

Different sports are subject to different needs and risks, so it's important to let your eye care professional determine your unique needs and suggest the correct eyeglasses or contact lenses best for your vision. This will only help you give you the boost you need to excel and have fun and be safe when you play sports.

Different sports include different demands and dangers, so it's important to let your optometrist determine your specific needs and fit you with the right glasses or lenses to maximize your vision. This is key in helping you gain the winning edge you need to excel and have fun safely.