Engaging in sports and similar recreational activities plays an important role in maintaining your overall well-being. That said, they may actually do more harm than good for your eyes if proper preventive measures are overlooked. A recent survey even revealed that 40,000 of the reported eye injury cases are sports-induced. As we observe the Sports Eye Safety Month this April, your dependable optometrist from Alderwood Optical and Canyon Park Vision Clinic shares three tips for preventing sports-related eye injuries.
1. Having Regular Eye Exams Is a Must
We perform sports vision testing, which involves a more detailed assessment of your eyes to ensure their optimum performance while you play. This is especially significant for athletes and those with active lifestyles. This may involve measuring your eyes’ sharpness while moving or running around, as well as evaluating your eye-hand coordination and reflex time while you interact with holographic, three-dimensional images.
2. Wear the Right Kind of Protective Eye Gear
Did you know that at least 90% of sports-induced eye trauma could have been avoided by using the right safety eyewear? Before we prescribe one, your reliable optometrist will check the guidelines laid down by the American Society for Testing and Materials or your specific sport’s governing body.
Polycarbonate lenses are a foremost choice since they offer durability and high impact resistance. They can withstand great pressure, ensuring they’re less likely to break while you participate in contact sports. At the same time, their high-quality material is also lightweight for your improved visual comfort.
3. Report Cases of Eye Injuries Immediately
Certain eye trauma may not readily show any manifestations. Without immediate attention from an expert, this may cause more severe problems. Some early symptoms are red, heavy, and painful eyes. You may also have a hard time looking up and down or side to side. If you notice any of these, consult your go-to optometrist as soon as possible. We have the knowledge, tools, and experience to check for hidden signs of eye trauma.
For more tips on preventing sports-related eye trauma, call us at (425) 771-8472 for Alderwood Optical and (425) 485-0430 for Canyon Park Vision Clinic. You may also fill out our form to request an appointment. We serve various WA areas, including Bothell, Lynnwood, and Shoreline.