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This month is Sports Eye Safety Month

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We all know why we need to wear sunglasses and sunscreen in the summer. Winter, however, can be deceiving. It's an illusion to assume that we are safe from sunburns during the colder season.

Snow acts as a powerful mirror for sunlight and magnifies the effects of UV rays which would otherwise be absorbed by the ground. As a result, the eyes are exposed to both the UV radiation bouncing back from the snowy carpet and the rays shining down directly from the sun.





If your family is skiing or snowboarding up in the mountains, you need to be even more careful! UV rays are more powerful at higher altitudes. Another important factor to remember is that ultraviolet radiation penetrates through clouds, so even if the sun is hidden behind them, it can still damage your eyes.

Prevent overexposure to sunlight by wearing sunglasses that absorb at least 95% of ultraviolet radiation when you go outside, no matter what time of year it is. Even though you want to look great in your shades, the most important part of choosing sunglasses is making sure they provide adequate protection against UV. Make sure the lenses are 100% UV blocking by looking for an indication that they block all light up to 400 nanometers - UV400. The good news is you don't necessarily have to pay more for full coverage for your eyes. Dozens of reasonably priced options exist that still provide total ultraviolet protection.

Another important factor in selecting sun wear is the size of the lenses. You want to make sure your glasses cover as much of the area around your eyes as possible. The more coverage you have, the less harmful radiation will be able to penetrate. Lenses that wrap around the temples will also prevent UV waves from entering from the sides.

If you like to ski or frolic in the snowy hills, you should be aware that the sun's rays are stronger at higher elevations, so you need to be especially careful to keep your eyes shaded on the slopes. In addition to sunglasses, it's a good idea to put on a wide brimmed hat that covers your eyes.

Make a point to be knowledgeable about proper eye protection throughout the year. Don't forget to wear your sunglasses.

As the spring comes, as well as more chance to participate in a new set of sports, comes a rise in the number of sports related eye injuries. Each season, far too many children and adults sustain sports related eye injuries that could be averted with the right defense and awareness. Wearing proper eye protection while participating in sports is particularly important in contact sports or those that bring you out into the sun's rays such as basketball, softball, lacrosse, racquetball, fencing, volleyball, or fishing.

The majority of sports related eye accidents can be avoided by wearing the appropriate protective eyewear best suited for the activity you might be involved in. This will keep you out of harm's way and will often also have additional protection to minimize your exposure to ultra-violet light for outdoor play. Eye wear made specifically for sports is made to protect your eyes from frequently occurring conditions. Everyday frames and lenses typically don't meet the minimum requirements for preventing impact, which means that a small tumble can become a serious sight-threatening injury.

Eye safety means more than selecting the appropriate protective eyewear. Your sight is an essential part of your ability to perform, so you need to have strong vision. For people who normally need glasses, you might need protective sports glasses with a prescription that will also help to correct your vision. For contact lens wearers, you may need a slightly different lens than the ones you normally wear. Speak to your optometrist about the options available to you.

Each sport has different needs and risks, so allow your eye care professional to identify your unique needs and fit you with the correct glasses or contact lenses that best fit your vision. This will only help you give you the boost you need to excel and enjoy sports safety.

All sports have differing needs and risks, so it's important to allow your eye care professional to identify your specific needs and suggest the correct glasses or lenses that best fit your eyesight needs. This will help you have the edge you need to succeed and have fun safely.

Enjoying sports and exercise is a vital part of a positive lifestyle. However remember never to overlook the safety of your eyes and vision. Taking these additional steps will only allow you to enjoy longer years of enjoying sports and healthy vision.