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Game Day: How to Protect Your Eyes

eye care Eye injuries can cause your vision to become impaired in an instant. With football season in full swing, you may be wondering what you can do to protect your eyes both while playing football and watching it from the stands. In order to ensure that your eyes stay healthy while doing either activity, use the tips listed below.

As an Athlete
When it comes to things flying directly at your face, you are going to want to do everything to ensure that nothing directly comes into contact with your eyes— that’s where shields for football helmets come into play. Though not typically covered, the portion of your football helmet that exposes your eyes can be covered with a football helmet shield. These shields not only protect your eyes from the football or an elbow coming into direct contact with them, but also from things like dirt and debris which can scratch your cornea.

Additionally, if you are playing touch or flag football in which a helmet isn’t required for you to wear, try wearing some sort of protective eyewear from a sporting goods store.

As a Bystander
Even as someone who is sitting in the stands as a bystander, it’s important for you to protect your eyes while you are watching the game. Although you running the risk of getting hit in the eye with the ball is extremely small, it’s important for you to wear either sunglasses and/or a hat in order to shield your eyes from the sun’s harsh rays— this could save your eyes from worse damage further down the line.

When it comes to game day, one of the best things that you can do to ensure that you have a safe time— both as a player and as a bystander— is to protect your eyes. If you would like to learn more about how you can do so, contact Dr. Steve Thom’s office today!

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