Most of us enjoy playing outside. Whether we are an adult or a child there is some sort of activity that we enjoy doing. It may be swimming, hiking or fishing. It could also be playing baseball, football or soccer. No matter the physical activity that you may like to enjoy the risk of eye injury is prevalent in all physical activity.[widget:ad_unit-490971921]
It is safe to say that most people don’t think about protecting their eyes when they participate in sports or outdoor activities. This doesn’t mean that the risk isn’t there though. Doctors say that 9 out of 10 eye injuries happen while people are participating in a physical activity. That is a good indication that when we go out to go swimming or skiing we need to wear some sort of eye protection.
Because our eyes are very important to us we should protect them any time we know we will be participating in any activity that can lead to impact, piercing, or exposure injuries to our eyes. Blunt force trauma to the eye can occur in sports that use balls or rackets. Piercing injuries happen when sharp objects are at play such as fishing or darts. Radiation injuries can occur when the activity involves long exposure to water or snow because of the sun’s reflective rays.
Simply buying a good pair of safety glasses can go a long way to protecting the eyeballs from any of the above mentioned injuries. There are different types of glasses for the different types of injuries too. If you are in a situation that you need exposure protection then UV protection is what you should look for. If you will be fishing then eye guards are a safe bet because they will protect the sides of the eyes as well as the front. In sports that run the risk of blunt force trauma wearing protective eyewear that is anti-shatter is beneficial.
Protecting our eyes should be on the top of our “to do” list when we go out for an afternoon of physical activity. The best way to protect our eyes is by wearing the proper safety glasses for the situation. Remember our eyesight is something we cannot get back once we lose it so it pays to be safe.