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Sports Eye Safety Tips

Protecting Your Eyes While Playing Sports

Did you know that more than 25,000 people seek treatment for sports-related eye injuries each year? Damage to your eyes can have lasting effects extending beyond pain during the initial blow — it can lead to vision issues over time.

Keep reading to learn more about common conditions that could affect your game, and how to protect your vision from our team at Key-Whitman Eye Center.

Keep Your Eyes Healthy on the Field

Whether you’re competing in a game with friends or are hitting the field for some exercise, here are some tips to keep your eyes safe:

  • Consider wearing contacts or shatter-proof glasses.
  • Wear sunglasses when possible to prevent UV damage.
  • Protect your eyes by wearing a helmet with an attached shield, goggles, or safety glasses.
  • Keep your safety glasses clean.
  • Have your vision checked if you sustain an injury.

Eye Conditions That Could Limit Your Ability

In addition to preventing damage to your eyes, it’s important to know which conditions can affect your athletic ability. Certain eye conditions can limit your ability to play sports, such as nearsightedness and cataracts.

Patients with nearsightedness have trouble with long-distance vision, which can make it difficult to play field sports such as baseball, soccer, or football. Patients with cataracts may experience blurred or distorted vision, making completing daily activities and competing in sports difficult.

Warning Signs of Eye Conditions

While many patients think it’s okay to ignore eye issues, this won’t make them go away and can potentially damage your eyes more. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms or other abnormalities with your eyes, contact your ophthalmologist for an appointment:

  • Sudden or severe eye pain.
  • Sudden vision changes or loss.
  • Heavy eye discharge.
  • Burning and itching of the eye.
  • Blurred, hazy, or double vision.
  • Seeing flashes of light.
  • Changes in the color of the iris.
  • White areas in the pupil.

Convenient Locations Across The Metroplex To Get Your Vision Checked

Thousands of people all over North Texas have chosen Key-Whitman Eye Center because of our consistently excellent care for our patients.

Learn more about our practice and how we help patients get their best vision possible. Contact us today for a consultation!