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This month is national Sports Eye Safety Month

When the springtime arrives, along with more opportunity to participate in outdoor sports, comes an increase in the risk of eye injuries related to sports. Each year, far too many children and adults incur eye injuries as a result of sport play that could be prevented with suitable protection. Using proper eye protection while participating in sports is particularly important in high-risk sports or those that expose you to the sun such as basketball, softball, football, tennis, boxing, volleyball, or golf.

Most sports eye injuries can be prevented by wearing the correct protective eyewear right for the sport you're involved in. The right eyewear will keep you injury-free and will often also have additional protection to block harmful UV light for outdoor activities. Sports eyewear is designed especially to withstand certain incidents. Everyday glasses usually don't meet the minimum requirements for impact resistance, which means that even just a minor collision can mean a serious sight-threatening injury.

Eye safety goes beyond using the correct protective eyewear. Your vision is an important part of how well you perform, so you need to have clear eyesight. For people who normally need glasses, you'll need protective sports glasses that have a prescription that will also help to correct your vision. For contact lens wearers, you may require a different lens than the ones you wear on a daily basis. Contact your optometrist regarding the choices that are right for you.

All sports have a range of needs and risks, so it's important to allow your optometrist to assess your specific needs and provide the correct eyeglasses or lenses that best fit your eyesight needs. This will help you gain the winning edge you need to succeed and have fun and be safe when you play sports.

All sports have different dangers and demands, so it's important to let your optometrist assess your specific needs and fit you with the right glasses or contact lenses best for your eyesight needs. This is key in helping you have the edge you need to succeed and enjoy sports safety.