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With the spring, as well as a greater opportunity to be involved in outdoor sports, comes an increase in the prevalence of eye injuries caused by sports accidents. Every season, many children and adults incur sports related eye injuries that could easily be avoided with proper defense and awareness. Using proper eye protection while participating in sports is important especially in high-risk sports or those that expose you to the sun's rays such as hockey, softball, cricket, squash, fencing, water polo, or golf.

Decrease your chances of a sports related eye accident by wearing the appropriate protective eyewear best suited for the sport you are participating in. The right eyewear will keep you out of harm's way and will often also have lenses that shield you from ultra-violet light for outdoor play. Eye wear made specifically for sports is made especially to prepare you for common accidents. Everyday frames and lenses usually don't meet the minimum requirements for impact resistance, meaning that even just the smallest tumble can turn into a serious eye injury that could potentially threaten your eyesight.

Sports and eye safety is more than just selecting the appropriate protective eyewear. Your vision is a primary part of your ability to perform, so you must have strong vision. If you normally wear glasses, you'll need protective sports glasses or goggles that have a prescription that will also help to correct your vision. If you're fitted with contacts, you may require a different lens than those you normally wear. Speak to your optometrist regarding the options available to you.

Each sport has differing needs and risks, so it's important to let your optometrist determine your unique situation and suggest the correct glasses or lenses that best fit your eyesight needs. This will help you get the edge you need to excel and have fun safely.

Different sports include a range of dangers and demands, so let your optometrist assess your specific needs and suggest the right glasses or contact lenses that best fit your eyesight needs. This will help you gain the winning edge you need to excel and have fun safely.

In order to be healthy, it is important to be active, play sports and exercise. However never forget to consider your eye safety. Making sure you take these additional precautions will only let you enjoy more years of playing sports and good vision.