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This month is Sports Eye Safety Month

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.