Spring is upon us and the kids (and adults) are heading outside to partake in various outdoor sports and recreational activities. With this move to the great outdoors come some dangers most of us would ordinarily not think of.
Eye injuries are always on the rise as the temperatures outside rise too. The good news is that 90% of these injuries are preventable with the proper equipment and eye protection. Imagine playing baseball and being hit with a pitch, playing lacrosse and having a rock hard ball coming at your face, or even getting hit in the eye with a seemingly harmless tennis ball. All these fun warm-weather activities can cause serious injury and destroy your vision for life. Protect yourself and your loved ones with the proper protection.
Helmets with protective polycarbonate face masks or wire shields should be worn at all times for lacrosse, hockey and baseball. Glasses with polycarbonate lenses should be worn for those requiring vision correction as well as participants that don’t require any correction for baseball, basketball, racquet sports and soccer. This may seem like overkill, but again, imagine the potential damage that can be done in any competitive or recreational sporting activity. Even the seemingly benign, fuzzy tennis ball hit with great force can severely damage an eye or fracture the bones in your eye socket. So be sure to protect your vision! Remember that when choosing your form of eye protection, choose only products that have met or surpassed all industry standards.
But eye protection doesn’t stop at sport and recreational activities. Consider wearing eye protection during any activity that may require it. Gardening, home repairs, cycling and lawn care can all pose hidden dangers. Flying debris, small falling objects and projectiles when making repairs can all be detrimental to your healthy vision.
Choose your eye protection wisely. Consider having a backup on hand, especially if you need vision correction, and then GO HAVE FUN THIS SUMMER!!! Stop in and see us or check out www.geteyesmart.org for more information.