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September is Sports Eye Safety month


High-Risk Sports

For all age groups, sports-related eye injuries occur most frequently and protective eyewear with polycarbonate lenses should be worn for sports such as basketball, baseball, racquet sports, soccer and volleyball. Choose eye wear that has been tested to meet safety standards.

 A couple of things you can do to protect your eyes while playing sports:

1. Never play sports with your regular prescription glasses. These tend to be fragile and can shatter on impact, sending lens shards into your eyes.2. Pick sports eyewear that has padding around the eyes, brow and the bridge of the nose to prevent any skin cuts.3. See your optometrist in order to have the appropriate type of sports eyewear chosen and fitted specifically for you.4. If you have reduced vision in one eye, consider the risks of injuring the stronger eye before participating in high risk sports. Check with your optometrist to see if appropriate eye protection is available and whether or not participation is advised.

Some of the sports injuries sustained by eyes include:

- Scratched corneas- Cataracts caused by eye trauma- Swollen retinas- Fractured eye sockets

These injuries can lead to vision loss and permanent problems wit