September 23, 2015
Whether you’re a passionate runner, avid climber, or someone who enjoys the occasional round of golf, it’s important to remember to protect your eyes when you’re on the go. It is estimated that 40,000 sports-related eye injuries occur every year in the United States. The good news is, 90% of those accidents are avoidable.
No matter what activities you participate in after putting in a long week of hard work, it’s important to wear the right vision protection. Here are a few sport-specific suggestions:
While there isn’t an increased risk of eye injury in every sport, all outdoor sports have one common threat to our vision health—UV rays.
Ultraviolet or UV rays are emitted from the sun and prolonged exposure can do lasting damage to our skin and our eyes. Health risks of continued UV exposure include:
The sun also provides other risk factors to our vision health. Continual exposure to blue light–another harmful portion of the solar spectrum–has been found to cause macular degeneration. Even a few hours in the sun can hamper our eyes’ ability to adjust in the dark, making it difficult to drive at night after a day outside.
Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a professional athlete, it’s important to take the necessary steps to protect your vision health. As your lifelong vision partner, we’re committed to protecting your vision and whole body health so you can continue to enjoy your active lifestyle. If you have any questions or you’d learn more about custom made eyewear, schedule an appointment to come in and see us or leave a comment below!
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