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April is national Sports Eye Safety Month

With the spring, as well as a greater chance to participate in a new set of sports, comes a rise in the risk of eye injuries caused by sports accidents. Every season, far too many children and adults suffer eye injuries as a result of sport play that could be prevented with the right safety measures. Protecting your eyes while playing sports is important especially in high-impact sports or those that expose you to the sun such as basketball, baseball, cricket, racquetball, boxing, volleyball, or golf.

You can prevent most sports related eye injuries by investing in the proper protective eyewear suited to the activity you are involved in. The right eyewear will keep you out of harm's way and will also have additional protection to block ultra-violet light for outdoor activities. Sports eyewear is made to protect your eyes from common conditions. Regular frames and lenses usually aren't adequate for full protection, meaning that even just a minor hit can become an actual risk to eyesight.

Eye safety is more than just selecting the correct eyewear. Eyesight is an essential component of how well you perform, so you need to have good eyesight. For those who already wear eyeglasses, you'll need protective sports glasses with a prescription, so you can see properly while you play safe. For contact lens wearers, you may need a different lens than those you normally wear. Contact your eye care professional about the options that are right for you.

Each sport has differing needs and risks, so it's important to let your eye care professional determine your unique situation and provide the right eyeglasses or lenses that best fit your visual skills. This is key in helping you gain the winning edge you need to excel and have fun and be safe when you play sports.

All sports have a range of needs and risks, so it's important to let your optometrist identify your specific needs and fit you with the correct eyeglasses or contact lenses that best fit your eyesight needs. This will only help you give you the boost you need to excel and have fun safely.

Playing sports and exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. However never forget to consider your eye safety. Making sure you take these additional precautions will only allow you to benefit from longer years of playing sports and healthy vision.

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