It is easy to take vision for granted, especially while playing sports, but the reality is that eye injuries are common and can be permanent. To protect your vision, take note of the recommendations from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The Academy separates sports into various risk groups according to the dangers they pose to players’ eyes. For instance, high-risk sports include paintball, boxing, basketball, baseball, racquetball, and hockey. Moderate-risk sports include tennis, football, soccer and golf, while low-risk sports may be considered to be swimming and wrestling.
Gymnastics and track are generally considered safe for the eyes. Players of most high-risk sports are encouraged to wear face masks or sports goggles approved by an organization like the American Society of Testing & Materials (ASTM). Remember, sunglasses, contact lenses and regular eyeglasses do not offer eye protection, so wearers must still put on proper eye protection. Many eye doctors specialize in vision protection and sports injuries, so talk to a doctor on your True Dental Discounts vision plan to find out more information about the best equipment for you or your children.