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Sports Eye Safety

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.

 

Dear Patients,

Dr. Lewis Eye Care has made the difficult choice to temporarily close due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic based on the recommendation of the CDC. We cannot perform eye exams while maintaining social distancing, so continuing to see patients at this time could contribute to the spread of the virus.

Our initial plan had been to reopen Monday April 6th. However, as we get closer to that date it is becoming apparent that we may have to be closed for a longer, indefinite period of time.

If you are having an urgent eye health issue, there are some clinics in our area that are seeing patients for emergencies during shorter business hours. You should call ahead to those offices before going to their clinic, as their availability might change day by day. Those clinics could include Vancouver Eye Care at 360-823-2020, Peace Health Medical Group Eye Care at 360-514-7210, and Vancouver Clinic in Salmon Creek at 360-882-2778.

If you need a glasses or contact lens prescription emailed to you from our office, click on the Contact Form link, type in your name, email, and what you are requesting, and we will email you the information you need as soon as we can.

Thank you for your understanding, and please stay healthy during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Dr. Scott Lewis, OD