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This month we recognize national Sports Eye Safety Month

With the spring, along with a greater chance to engage in a new set of sports, comes an increase in the prevalence of sports related eye injuries. Each season, far too many people, both young and old incur eye injuries as a result of sport play that could easily be averted with the right protection. Guarding your eyes while participating in sports is essential particularly in high-risk sports or those that bring you out into the sun's rays such as ice hockey, baseball, cricket, squash, wrestling, soccer, or fishing.

Decrease your risk of a sports related eye accident by wearing the correct protective eyewear suited to the type of physical activity you're participating in. The right eyewear will keep you injury-free and will often also have additional protection to block ultra-violet light for when you're outdoors. Sports eyewear is made to protect your eyes from frequently occurring conditions. Everyday glasses usually won't provide full protection, which means that even just a minor collision can mean a serious risk to eyesight.

Sports and eye safety is more than just choosing the appropriate eyewear. Your vision is an important factor of your ability to perform, so you need to have strong eyesight. If you normally need glasses, you can get 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 use everyday. Call your eye care professional regarding the options available to you.

Different sports are subject to differing demands and dangers, so let your eye care professional identify your unique situation and provide the right glasses or lenses that best fit your visual skills. This is key in helping you get the edge that'll help you succeed and enjoy sports safety.

Different sports include differing needs and risks, so it's important to allow your eye care professional to determine your specific needs and suggest the correct eyeglasses or contact lenses that best fit your vision. This is key in helping you give you the boost that'll help you succeed and have fun safely.