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April is national Sports Eye Safety Month

When the springtime comes, as well as often warmer weather, comes an increase in the danger of eye injuries related to sports. Every year, many children and adults suffer sports related eye injuries that could easily be averted with proper protection. Wearing proper eye protection while playing sports is particularly important in contact sports or those that expose you to the sun's rays such as field hockey, baseball, football, racquetball, boxing, soccer, or golf.

Decrease your risk of a sports eye injury by wearing the appropriate protective eyewear suited to the type of physical activity you might be participating in. Protective eyewear will keep you injury-free and will often also have additional protection to block harmful ultra-violet light for when you're outdoors. Sports eyewear is designed especially to prepare you for common conditions. Regular glasses usually won't provide preventing impact, meaning that a small tumble can turn into an actual eye injury that could potentially threaten your eyesight.

Sports and eye safety means more than choosing the right eyewear. Your vision is an essential component of your ability to play sports, so you need to have clear eyesight. If you already need eyeglasses, you can get protective sports glasses or goggles with a prescription that will also help to correct your vision. For contact lens wearers, you may need a different lens than those you wear on a daily basis. Call your optometrist about the choices at your disposal.

Different sports are subject to differing dangers and demands, so allow your eye care professional to identify your unique needs and suggest the right glasses or contact lenses best for your visual skills. This is key in helping you gain the winning edge that'll help you excel and have fun and be safe when you play sports.

Each sport has differing needs and risks, so let your optometrist identify your specific needs and fit you with the right glasses or lenses that best fit your visual skills. This is key in helping you have the edge that'll help you succeed and have fun safely.

Enjoying sports and physical activity is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. But never forget to consider the safety of your eyes and vision. Making sure you take these extra precautions will only allow you to benefit from longer years of enjoying sports and good vision.

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