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This month we recognize national Sports Eye Safety Month

When the springtime comes, along with more chance 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 sports related eye injuries that could be avoided with suitable defense. Wearing proper eye protection while participating in sports is important especially in contact sports or those that expose you to the sun such as basketball, baseball, cricket, racquetball, boxing, soccer, or fishing.

Most sports eye accidents can be prevented by investing in the proper protective eyewear best suited for the activity you're participating in. This will keep you safe from injury and will also have additional protection to shield you from ultra-violet light for outdoor activities. Eye wear made specifically for sports is made to protect your eyes from common incidents. Everyday frames and lenses typically aren't adequate for impact resistance, which means that a small hit can become a serious risk to eyesight.

Protecting your eyes during sports goes beyond selecting the correct protective eyewear. Your vision is a primary component of your ability to play sports, so it's vital to have good eyesight. For those who already require glasses, you'll need protective sports glasses or goggles that have a prescription, so you can see properly while you play safe. For contact lens wearers, you may require a slightly different lens than those you normally wear. Call your eye care professional regarding the options available to you.

All sports have a range of needs and risks, so it's important to let your optometrist assess your unique situation and suggest the correct glasses or contact lenses to maximize your vision. This will help you give you the boost you need to excel and have fun and be safe when you play sports.

Different sports include different demands and dangers, so it's important to let your optometrist identify your specific needs and provide the correct glasses or lenses to maximize your eyesight needs. This will only help you have the edge that'll help you succeed and have fun and be safe when you play sports.