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April is Sports Eye Safety Month

When the spring comes, along with a greater chance to engage in outdoor sports, comes a rise in the risk of sports related eye injuries. Every year, far too many people, both young and old sustain eye injuries as a result of sport play that could be averted with the right safety measures. Guarding your eyes while participating in sports is important especially in high-impact sports or those that bring you out into the sun's rays such as basketball, softball, cricket, racquetball, full-contact martial arts, volleyball, or fishing.

You can avoid the majority of sports related eye injuries by using the correct protective eyewear suited to the activity you might be participating in. This will keep you injury-free and will often also have additional protection to shield you from harmful ultra-violet light for outdoor play. This sort of eye wear is made to protect your eyes from common incidents. Everyday glasses usually won't provide impact resistance, meaning that the smallest hit can mean a serious sight-threatening injury.

Sports and eye safety goes beyond using the correct eyewear. Eyesight is an essential factor of how well you perform, so you need to have good vision. If you normally require eyeglasses, you can get protective sports glasses or goggles that have a prescription, so you can see properly while you play safe. If you're fitted with contacts, you might require a slightly different lens than those you use everyday. Contact your optometrist about the options available to you.

All sports have differing needs and risks, so it's important to allow your eye care professional to determine your specific needs and provide the right eyeglasses or contact lenses best for your visual skills. This will help you gain the winning edge you need to excel and enjoy sports safety.

Each sport has differing dangers and demands, so it's important to allow your eye care professional to assess your unique needs and fit you with the right eyeglasses or contact lenses best for your eyesight needs. This will help you have the edge you need to succeed and have fun safely.