Eye Safety & Sports Vision
Protect Your Eyes
Did you know that the simplest way to protect your eyes against injury – wearing protective eyewear – prevents 90 percent of eye injuries? Whether it’s home repairs, volleyball or any other sport, when you’re not seeing as perfectly as possible, you’re not playing to your full potential.
A Sabates Eye Centers optometrist with specialized experience in sports vision can assess your visual system and recommend the proper eyeglasses or contact lenses specifically for your sport. And, we can design a vision therapy program, customized for you, to maximize your visual skills and better your game.
Protection should always be a priority when it comes to your eyes – even more so if you’re playing sports, and in particular certain high-risk sports. Sports-related eye injuries happen every day in both children and adults – and nearly all of them can be prevented with the use of protective eyewear.
For those who play outdoor sports, make sure to wear sunglasses during the day. Studies show exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and potential growths on the eyes, including cancer.
For those who play indoor sports, sports goggles provide the most protection and will stay on secure during any game.
If you play sports and don’t have protective eyewear, talk to a Sabates Eye Centers optometrist who can help you determine the right eye protection for your sport.
If you’ve suffered an eye injury, even if it seems minor, it’s important to act immediately. Delaying having an eye injury examined can result in permanent damage to the affected eye. See one of our ophthalmologists or a medical professional if you have an eye injury.
Symptoms of an eye injury
- Obvious pain or trouble seeing
- Cut or torn eyelid
- One eye doesn’t move as well as the other
- One eye sticks out compared to the other
- Unusual pupil size or shape
- Blood in the clear part of the eye
- Object in the eye or under eyelid that can't be easily removed
Protect your eyes from the sun:
- Choose sunglasses that block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays
- Wear a hat in addition to your sunglasses
- Never look directly at the sun as it can damage your retina
- Avoid peak sun times between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest