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This month is Sports Eye Safety Month

As the spring arrives, as well as a greater chance to engage in a new set of sports, comes an increase in the number of eye injuries caused by sports accidents. Each season, many children and adults incur sports related eye injuries that could easily be prevented with the right protection and knowledge. Using proper eye protection while playing sports is essential particularly in contact sports or those that bring you out into the sun's rays such as ice hockey, baseball, lacrosse, badminton, fencing, soccer, or fishing.

The majority of sports related eye injuries can be prevented by wearing the appropriate protective eyewear right for the sport you are participating in. The right eyewear will keep you safe from injury and will often also have lenses that block harmful ultra-violet light for when you're outdoors. Eye wear made specifically for sports is designed to withstand frequently occurring incidents. Everyday frames and lenses typically don't meet the minimum requirements for impact resistance, meaning that the smallest tumble can turn into a serious risk to eyesight.

Sports and eye safety means more than choosing the correct protective eyewear. Your sight is an important part of how well you play sports, so it's vital to have clear eyesight. For those who already wear glasses, you can get protective sports glasses or goggles with a prescription to make it easier to be safe. For contact lens wearers, you may need a different lens than the ones you normally wear. Contact your optometrist regarding the options at your disposal.

Different sports are subject to different needs and risks, so it's important to allow your eye care professional to identify your specific situation and provide the right glasses or contact lenses best for your vision. This is key in helping you get the edge that'll help you excel and have fun and be safe when you play sports.

Each sport has a range of demands and dangers, so let your optometrist assess your unique needs and provide the right glasses or lenses that best fit your eyesight needs. This is key in helping you gain the winning edge that'll help you excel and enjoy sports safety.

Enjoying sports and physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. However never forget to consider your eye safety. Making sure you take these additional steps will only let you benefit from longer years of playing sports and good vision.

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