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This month we recognize Sports Eye Safety Month

As the springtime comes, along with more opportunity to be involved in outdoor sports, comes an increase in the number of eye injuries caused by sports accidents. Every season, far too many children and adults suffer sports related eye injuries that could easily be prevented with suitable defense and knowledge. Wearing proper eye protection while participating in sports is important especially in high-impact sports or those that bring you out into the sun such as hockey, softball, lacrosse, squash, full-contact martial arts, water polo, or golf.

Decrease your risk of a sports eye accident by investing in the proper protective eyewear best suited for the sport you might be participating in. Protective eyewear will keep you safe from injury and will also have additional protection to minimize your exposure to UV light for outdoor activities. Eye wear made specifically for sports is made to prepare you for certain conditions. Everyday glasses usually aren't adequate for preventing impact, meaning that even just the smallest tumble can become an actual risk to eyesight.

Protecting your eyes during sports is more than just using the correct eyewear. Your vision is an essential component of your ability to perform, so it's vital to have good eyesight. For people who ordinarily require eyeglasses, you'll need protective sports glasses that have a prescription, so you can see properly while you play safe. For contact lens wearers, you might need a different lens than those you use everyday. Speak to your eye care professional about the choices that are right for you.

All sports have different needs and risks, so let your eye care professional determine your unique situation and fit you with the correct eyeglasses or lenses that best fit your visual skills. This will only help you get the edge that'll help you succeed and have fun and be safe when you play sports.

Different sports include a range of needs and risks, so let your optometrist identify your specific needs and provide the right glasses or lenses to maximize your visual skills. This is key in helping you give you the boost you need to excel and have fun safely.