Summer Sports and How to Avoid Eye Injuries

Summer Sports and How to Avoid Eye Injuries

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

When the weather is nice, your family wants to spend as much time outside as possible! Summer months often bring fun recreational activities and sports participation for people of all ages.

As you prepare for the upcoming season, it’s important to consider proactive steps to protect your eyes. Know the risks of different activities and sports, and then be diligent about using the proper eye protection to reduce the risk of severe eye injuries.

Tips for Minimizing Sports-Related Eye Injuries

Here are a few tips to protect your eyes this summer:

  • Existing Vision Loss: If you already have vision loss in one eye, then you should be extra careful to avoid injury or vision loss in the other eye. You might choose to avoid certain sports because of the potential risk involved.
  • Recent Surgeries: Have you recently undergone eye surgery? Your eye doctor might recommend that you wait to participate in sports. This is because an impact or injury could cause complications during your recovery and healing time.
  • Wear Safety Goggles: Prescription eyeglasses don’t provide the same protection you can get from safety goggles. Make sure you are wearing lenses made of polycarbonate, which can hold up against the impact of fast-moving projectiles. Consider talking to your eye doctor about prescription goggles if you don’t want to wear contact lenses during the game.
  • Wear a Helmet: In addition to the goggles, a helmet can offer another layer of protection for your eyes, head, and face. Choose a helmet with a protective face guard or a shield.
  • Bring Sunglasses: Even if you aren’t participating in impact sports, you still need to protect your eyes from the UV rays coming from the sun. Look for sunglasses with UV protection and wear them regularly when spending time outside. In addition, sunglasses can reduce your risk of certain eye diseases.

Talk to an Optometrist in Temecula

It’s also a good idea to ensure that you are wearing the right prescription to optimize your vision on the playing field. Good eyesight gives you the best vision so you can see what is happening all around you during the game.

If you have questions about eye protection or it’s time to schedule an examination, then contact us at Temecula Creek Optometry: (951) 302 -1331.

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