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April is Sports Eye Safety Month

When the springtime arrives, as well as often better weather, comes an increase in the prevalence of eye injuries caused by sports accidents. Every season, many people, both young and old sustain sports related eye injuries that could easily be prevented with the right protection. Protecting your eyes while participating in sports is important especially in contact sports or those that bring you out into the sun's rays such as basketball, baseball, lacrosse, tennis, full-contact martial arts, soccer, or golf.

Most sports eye injuries can be prevented by wearing the correct protective eyewear best suited for the sport you might be participating in. This will keep you injury-free and will often also have lenses that block UV light for outdoor activities. Sports eyewear is designed to prepare you for common incidents. Everyday glasses typically don't meet the minimum requirements for preventing impact, which means that a small collision can mean a serious sight-threatening injury.

Sports vision means more than selecting the right eyewear. Your vision is a primary component of your ability to play sports, so you must have good vision. For those who normally need glasses, you might need protective sports glasses with a prescription to make it easier to be safe. If you wear contact lenses, you may need a different lens than the lenses you wear on a daily basis. Contact your optometrist about the choices at your disposal.

Different sports are subject to different needs and risks, so it's important to allow your eye care professional to assess your unique situation and provide the right eyeglasses or lenses to maximize your visual skills. This is key in helping you give you the boost you need to excel and have fun and be safe when you play sports.

Each sport has different demands and dangers, so it's important to allow your eye care professional to identify your specific needs and provide the right glasses or contact lenses best for your visual skills. This will help you have the edge that'll help you excel and have fun and be safe when you play sports.