Thousands of Americans are treated for sports-related eye injuries every year. But did you know that up to 90% of these cases can be avoided just by using the appropriate eye protection? With April being designated as Sports Eye Safety Month by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, now is the best time to raise awareness about preventing sports-related eye injuries. If you are into sports yourself, you can do this by making careful choices about your eye safety gear.
Here are some of the essentials to consider:
1. Choose protective eyewear that’s designed for a specific sport. Prescription glasses, industrial safety goggles and sunglasses are a no-go. Sports goggles, however, definitely are. They come in several different sizes and shapes. Most are designed for racquet sports, basketball and soccer. There are even sports goggles that can be fitted in helmets used for football, baseball and hockey.
2. Pay your eye doctor a visit. The fact is that sports eye safety gear should be customized to your comfort and lifestyle. For this reason, it is important that you visit a local eye specialist like Guilford Eye Center for a thorough examination. This is even more crucial if you already wear eyeglasses. The sports eye safety gear you plan to use should fit with your existing prescription, which is something that your optometrist can help you with during your next visit.
3. Learn more about eye protection design. Your sports eye safety gear, for instance, should be padded or cushioned along the brow line and bridge of your nose. This prevents the eye guards from cutting your skin. Make sure your eye protection is just the right size as well. Adjust the straps to determine whether they are too tight or too loose. You can consult your eye specialist to ensure your gear will be a safe and comfortable fit.
Schedule an Eye Exam
With the right eye safety gear, leading an active and sporty lifestyle is simpler and more enjoyable. And it all starts with a comprehensive eye exam from your trusted local optometrists. For the best and latest in sports eye safety, look no further than Guilford Eye Center. Call us today at (336) 292-4516, or fill out this contact form to make an appointment. We proudly serve the eye care needs of residents of Greensboro, NC, and other areas in the Piedmont Triad.