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April is Sports Eye Safety Month

As the springtime comes, as well as more chance to be involved in outdoor sports, comes a rise in the risk of eye injuries caused by sports accidents. Every season, many people, both young and old suffer sports related eye injuries that could be avoided with proper safety measures. Guarding your eyes while participating in sports is essential particularly in contact sports or those that bring you out into the sun such as basketball, softball, cricket, racquetball, wrestling, volleyball, or fishing.

You can prevent the majority of sports eye injuries by investing in the appropriate protective eyewear suited to the activity you might be participating in. The right eyewear will keep you safe from injury and will often also have additional protection to minimize your exposure to harmful UV light for when you're outdoors. This sort of eye wear is designed to withstand frequently occurring accidents. Everyday glasses typically don't meet the minimum requirements for full protection, which means that even just a small hit can mean an actual sight-threatening injury.

Eye safety means more than selecting the appropriate eyewear. Your vision is a primary part of your ability to perform, so you must have clear eyesight. For those who already wear eyeglasses, you might need protective sports glasses or goggles that have a prescription to make it easier to be safe. For contact lens wearers, you might need a different lens than the lenses you normally wear. Contact your eye care professional about the options available to you.

Each sport has a range of dangers and demands, so allow your optometrist to assess your specific situation and suggest the right eyeglasses or contact lenses that best fit your visual skills. This is key in helping you gain the winning edge that'll help you excel and enjoy sports safety.

Each sport has a range of dangers and demands, so let your optometrist determine your specific needs and suggest the correct glasses or lenses that best fit your eyesight needs. This is key in helping you give you the boost that'll help you succeed and enjoy sports safety.