April – Sports Eye Safety Month
Flowers are blooming and it’s time to dust of your sports gear….Spring is here!
April does not only signify warmer weather, but it is also the designated Sports Eye Safety Month by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, there are more than 10,000 of sports and recreational related eye injuries each year. The good news is that 90% of these incidents and injuries can be prevented by purchasing and using protective eye gear. The chances of suffering from a sports-related eye injury depend heavily on the type of activity being performed.
Here are some helpful tips and steps you can take to protect your eyes from sports-related injuries:
- When purchasing sports safety goggles and eyewear, make sure they are labeled as ASTM F803 approved. ASTM F803 approved, means that the eyewear has bene performance tested and will give you the highest level of protection.
- When playing baseball make sure to wear protective helmets approved by the U.S. Amateur Hockey Association.
- Remember that regular glasses do not provide enough eye protection.
- Ensure that the lenses stay in place or will pop outward in case of an accident. If the lenses pop in, it can be dangerous to the eyes.
- Purchase protective eyewaer that is fog resistant, as fog can create a hazard.
- The eyewear should be cushined or padded around the eyebrows and bridge of the nose. This will prevent the eye protection from cutting into the skin.
- It is best to try on the protective eyewear before purchasing to ensure that it is the correct fit and adjusted to your face.
- Aside from using protective eyewear when playing sports, it is important to get a yearly eye exam. Getting an eye exam can help improve your vision and performance, along with saving your vision for the future.
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