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This month is national Sports Eye Safety Month

With the spring, along with often better weather, comes a rise in the prevalence of eye injuries caused by sports accidents. Every year, many children and adults incur eye injuries as a result of sport play that could be avoided with proper defense and information. Protecting your eyes while playing sports is particularly important in high-impact sports or those that bring you out into the sun such as hockey, baseball, lacrosse, squash, fencing, water polo, or golf.

Decrease your risk of a sports related eye injury by using the appropriate protective eyewear best suited for the sport you might be involved in. The right eyewear will keep you out of harm's way and will also have additional protection to shield you from ultra-violet light for outdoor activities. Sports eyewear is designed to withstand common accidents. Everyday frames and lenses usually aren't adequate for preventing impact, which means that the smallest hit can mean an actual eye injury that could potentially threaten your eyesight.

Sports vision means more than selecting the right protective eyewear. Eyesight is a primary component of how well you play sports, so you must have clear eyesight. For people who normally require glasses, you might need protective sports glasses that have a prescription, so you can see properly while you play safe. If you're fitted with contacts, you might require a different lens than the ones you use everyday. Speak to your eye care professional about the choices available to you.

All sports have a range of needs and risks, so it's important to allow your eye care professional to determine your specific needs and suggest the correct eyeglasses or contact lenses to maximize your eyesight needs. This will help you get the edge you need to excel and have fun safely.

Each sport has differing demands and dangers, so it's important to let your optometrist assess your unique needs and provide the correct glasses or contact lenses best for your visual skills. This will help you gain the winning edge you need to excel and enjoy sports safety.

In order to be healthy, it is important to be active, play sports and exercise. However remember never to overlook the safety of your eyes and vision. Taking these additional precautions will only allow you to enjoy longer years of playing sports and good vision.