Are you or your child considering playing a sport? Here are some things to consider to keep your eyes safe before you commit to a sport.
Spring is the most popular time of year for people to play sports as winter’s cold has moved on and summer’s heat awaiting us. It’s no wonder why April is considered “Sports Eye Protection Month” since outdoor sports are starting up or are already in full force.
Before you play any sport, it’s important to understand the injury risk.
Most sport-related eye injuries occur in baseball, basketball and racquetball sports, according to GetEyeSmart.org.
It’s recommended that protective eyewear with polycarbonate lenses be worn for sports such as basketball and soccer, especially if you already have poor vision. Also, if there is a chance of flying debris or dirt you should wear appropriate eye protection.
Eyeglasses and sunglasses aren’t adequate protection for your eyes when there is debris or other objects that could make contact with your eye. The tinted lens of sunglasses are important to keep your eyes protected from the sun.
An interesting sport to note that has many eye injuries is fishing. According to the U.S. Eye Injury Registry, fishing is the number one cause of sports-related eye injuries.
It’s also important to bring a back-up set of eyeglasses or contacts, if you wear them, during outdoors activities such as biking.
If you or your child suffers an eye injury, seek immediate attention at an emergency room or contact Performance Eyecare to determine the severity of the injury. Avoiding treatment can lead to permanent vision loss or blindness.
Performance Eyecare also offers a wide range of sports eyewear for golf, baseball, football, tennis, hunting, fishing, motorcycle riding and scuba diving. Visit one of our two convenient locations in St. Louis and Swansea, Illinois to learn more.
More Information: http://www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/living/eye-injuries/sports.cfm