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This month is national Sports Eye Safety Month

With the spring, as we go out to play, comes an increase in the risk of sports related eye injuries. More than 40,000 people a year suffer eye injuries while playing sports. This doesn’t include the long term effect of UV exposure, which increases our risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Appropriate eyewear is important especially in ball, and contact sports and those that bring you out into the sun's rays on the playing field, track, golf course or trail.

The majority of eye sports injuries can be prevented by using the appropriate protective eyewear specifically designed for each activity. We carry a wide range of sports glasses and goggles for all ages. Some even have interchangeable lenses, so you can change them depending on the conditions and sport you’re engaged in.

Good vision for sports goes beyond choosing the right protective eyewear. Your sight is an essential component of how well you play. During your yearly eye exam the doctor will determine the prescription to give you the best vision, so you can see properly while you play safe. If you wear contact lenses, you have many choices of protective eyewear to be worn over your contacts. Come in to talk with our licensed opticians about the type of eyewear just right for the fun you plan this summer. The opticians will guide you in choosing comfortable sturdy frames and lenses with just the right color and light transmission. These may include photochromic lenses that change color, now even behind the windshield of the car, and polarized lenses, which are especially good for water sports.

So before you start to play this year, get your yearly eye exam and the right eyewear to keep you safe and playing well.