With the spring, along with often warmer weather, comes an increase in the prevalence of eye injuries caused by sports accidents. Each year, far too many people, both young and old suffer sports related eye injuries that could be prevented with the right protection. Guarding your eyes while playing sports is particularly important in high-risk sports or those that expose you to the sun such as basketball, softball, cricket, squash, fencing, water polo, or golf.
The majority of sports related eye injuries can be avoided by investing in the proper protective eyewear right for the activity you're participating in. This will keep you out of harm's way and will often also have additional protection to minimize your exposure to harmful ultra-violet light for outdoor activities. Sports eyewear is made especially to withstand certain incidents. Conventional frames and lenses typically don't meet the minimum requirements for full protection, meaning that even just a small collision can become a serious eye injury that could potentially threaten your eyesight.
Eye safety goes beyond choosing the correct protective eyewear. Your vision is an essential component of your ability to perform, so it's vital to have strong eyesight. If you ordinarily need eyeglasses, you'll need protective sports glasses with a prescription, so you can see properly while you play safe. For contact lens wearers, you might require a different lens than those you normally wear. Call your optometrist about the choices at your disposal.
Each sport has differing demands and dangers, so it's important to allow your optometrist to determine your unique situation and provide the right eyeglasses or contact lenses that best fit your visual skills.