It’s April again, which means another Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month is upon us. Whether you’re a professional athlete, the most amateur of sportsmen, or somewhere in between, playing sports is a great way to stay in shape. It’s also an excellent way to get together with friends and burn off some stress.
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But many sports, and particularly the intense, hard-hitting varieties—such as hockey, basketball, and football—can pose significant dangers to your body. Of your most valuable body parts, your eyes may be the most vulnerable to injury. That’s why it’s so important to take special care with your eyes when playing. To keep your eyes safe, consider these eye safety tips…
1. Ditch the Day-to-Day Glasses
When playing sports for the first time, many people dismiss the idea of buying special protective lenses because they’re already wearing glasses. These days many daily use eye glasses are built using tough and long-lasting materials that can withstand the little knocks and bumps that accompany the usual workday and home life.
But that doesn’t make them much of a match for an intense game of hockey, volleyball, football or basketball. Regardless of what your day-to-day eye glasses are made of, it’s a bad idea to wear them to play professional sports. Goggles are a necessity, not only because they’re built specifically to protect your eyes, but also because having your normal eye glasses damaged could make it difficult to perform routine but necessary daily tasks, like carrying out your job or driving.