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This month we recognize Sports Eye Safety Month

With the spring, along with a greater opportunity to be involved in a new set of sports, comes a rise in the number of sports related eye injuries. Each season, far too many people, both young and old incur eye injuries as a result of sport play that could easily be averted with the right defense. Wearing proper eye protection while playing sports is particularly important in high-impact sports or those that expose you to the sun such as basketball, baseball, cricket, badminton, full-contact martial arts, water polo, or fishing.

You can prevent the majority of sports eye accidents by wearing the appropriate protective eyewear right for the sport you are involved in. The right eyewear will keep you out of harm's way and will often also have lenses that block harmful ultra-violet light for outdoor activities. This sort of eye wear is designed especially to prepare you for frequently occurring incidents. Everyday frames and lenses usually don't meet the minimum requirements for impact resistance, which means that a small tumble can turn into an actual sight-threatening injury.

Sports vision goes beyond selecting the correct eyewear. Your sight is an essential factor of how well you perform, so it's vital to have strong eyesight. If you normally need glasses, you can get protective sports glasses with a prescription, so you can see properly while you play safe. If you wear contact lenses, you might need a slightly different lens than the lenses you use everyday. Contact your optometrist about the choices available to you.

Each sport has different demands and dangers, so it's important to let your optometrist identify your specific situation and provide the right eyeglasses or lenses best for your vision. This will only help you give you the boost that'll help you succeed and enjoy sports safety.

Each sport has a range of needs and risks, so it's important to allow your eye care professional to identify your unique needs and fit you with the correct glasses or lenses best for your eyesight needs. This is key in helping you have the edge you need to excel and have fun and be safe when you play sports.