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This month we acknowledge national Sports Eye Safety Month

With the spring, along with more opportunity to engage in a new set of sports, comes an increase in the risk of sports related eye injuries. Each year, far too many people, both young and old suffer sports related eye injuries that could easily be prevented with the right defense and information. Protecting your eyes while playing sports is particularly important in high-impact sports or those that expose you to the sun such as basketball, softball, lacrosse, squash, boxing, water polo, or fishing.

Most sports eye accidents can be prevented by wearing the appropriate protective eyewear best suited for the sport you are participating in. Protective eyewear will keep you out of harm's way and will also have lenses that minimize your exposure to ultra-violet light for when you're outdoors. Sports eyewear is designed especially to protect your eyes from frequently occurring incidents. Regular glasses typically won't provide full protection, which means that a small collision can become a serious eye injury that could potentially threaten your eyesight.

Protecting your eyes during sports is more than just choosing the correct protective eyewear. Eyesight is a primary factor of how well you perform, so it's vital to have strong vision. If you normally wear glasses, you might need protective sports glasses that have a prescription to make it easier to be safe. For contact lens wearers, you might require a slightly different lens than the ones you wear on a daily basis. Contact your optometrist about the choices at your disposal.

Each sport has differing dangers and demands, so it's important to allow your optometrist to determine your unique situation and suggest the correct glasses or contact lenses best for your vision. This will only help you gain the winning edge you need to excel and enjoy sports safety.

All sports have a range of needs and risks, so it's important to let your optometrist determine your specific needs and suggest the correct eyeglasses or contact lenses best for your vision. This is key in helping you have the edge that'll help you succeed and have fun safely.

In order to be healthy, it is important to be active, play sports and exercise. But never forget to consider the safety of your eyes and vision. Making sure you take these extra steps will only let you enjoy more years of enjoying sports and strong vision.