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April is Sports Eye Safety Month

When the spring comes, along with more opportunity to be involved in a new set of sports, comes a rise in the danger of eye injuries related to sports. Each year, many people, both young and old suffer eye injuries as a result of sport play that could be avoided with the right defense and information. Guarding your eyes while playing sports is essential particularly in high-risk sports or those that expose you to the sun's rays such as basketball, baseball, football, tennis, fencing, water polo, or golf.

You can prevent most sports eye injuries by using the appropriate protective eyewear right for the activity you might be involved in. Protective eyewear will keep you injury-free and will often also have lenses that minimize your exposure to UV light for outdoor play. Sports eyewear is designed especially to prepare you for certain incidents. Everyday frames and lenses typically won't provide impact resistance, meaning that even just a small tumble can turn into a serious sight-threatening injury.

Eye safety goes beyond using the appropriate protective eyewear. Your vision is an essential part of how well you perform, so you need to have clear vision. For people who ordinarily need glasses, you might need protective sports glasses or goggles that have a prescription that will also help to correct your vision. If you wear contact lenses, you may need a slightly different lens than those you wear on a daily basis. Call your optometrist about the options that are right for you.

Different sports are subject to different needs and risks, so allow your optometrist to determine your specific needs and provide the correct glasses or lenses best for your vision. This is key in helping you get the edge you need to succeed and enjoy sports safety.

All sports have a range of demands and dangers, so it's important to allow your eye care professional to assess your unique needs and provide the right glasses or lenses best for your visual skills. This is key in helping you have the edge you need to succeed and have fun and be safe when you play sports.