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April is Sports Eye Safety Month

With the spring, along with often better weather, comes an increase in the danger of eye injuries caused by sports accidents. Each season, many children and adults incur eye injuries as a result of sport play that could be averted with suitable defense. Protecting your eyes while participating in sports is particularly important in high-impact sports or those that bring you out into the sun such as basketball, softball, cricket, racquetball, full-contact martial arts, water polo, or fishing.

Most sports eye injuries can be avoided by using the correct protective eyewear right for the activity you're participating in. This will keep you injury-free and will often also have lenses that block ultra-violet light for when you're outdoors. Eye wear made specifically for sports is made especially to withstand common incidents. Conventional glasses typically won't provide preventing impact, which means that even just a minor hit can turn into a serious eye injury that could potentially threaten your eyesight.

Eye safety is more than just selecting the correct protective eyewear. Eyesight is an important part of how well you play sports, so you must have strong eyesight. If you normally require eyeglasses, you'll need protective sports glasses or goggles that have a prescription, so you can see properly while you play safe. For contact lens wearers, you might require a slightly different lens than those you wear on a daily basis. Contact your optometrist regarding the choices available to you.

Each sport has differing needs and risks, so it's important to let your eye care professional assess your unique needs and fit you with the right eyeglasses or lenses best for your visual skills. This is key in helping you get the edge you need to succeed and have fun and be safe when you play sports.

Different sports include differing demands and dangers, so let your optometrist identify your specific needs and suggest the correct glasses or contact lenses that best fit your visual skills. This is key in helping you have the edge you need to excel and enjoy sports safety.