Did you know that more than 40,000 individuals get emergency treatment for sports-related eye injuries every year? This problem is also one of the leading causes of blindness among American children. As we observe Sports Eye Awareness Month this April, Clear View Vision Care, your trusted provider of vision therapy and other eye care services, shares a few ways to safeguard your eyes when you’re playing sports.
Have Your Eyes Checked
Before anything else, have your eyes professionally checked. This way, we can measure how sharp your eyes are and evaluate visual skills you need to boost your competitive edge. Eye exams can also detect vision problems that may hold you back from performing well on the court. If we identify them early, the sooner we can improve your sports vision.
Nearsightedness, for example, may prevent you from seeing your opponents or targets from afar. This may put you at a disadvantage if you’re participating in an archery competition or similar sports. We may recommend orthokeratology as a solution. This involves wearing special corneal molds at night designed to reshape your cornea. You may remove them upon waking up and experience improved eyesight without having to use other corrective eyewear.
Use Protective Eyewear
Surveys found that 90 percent of all sports eye injury cases could have been prevented by wearing the right type of safety eyewear. Those made of polycarbonate lenses are a good choice. This synthetic resin has been proven to be at least 10 times more impact-resistant than other materials.
Your eye doctor may recommend using Rec Specs® sports prescription goggles. They are engineered to provide you excellent visual protection even when you’re playing under the sun. The brand is also the first line of sports protective eyewear to receive the American Optometric Association’s seal of approval.
Wear Safety Equipment
Apart from protective eyewear, using helmets or protective headgear is also a good idea. Face shields are important as well, especially if you’re playing hockey or baseball. As much as possible, purchase those certified by the American Society for Testing and Materials.
For more tips on preventing sports eye injuries, call us at (520) 394-6111 or complete our form. We serve Tucson and nearby AZ areas.