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October 3, 2018

Preventing Sports Injuries With Protective Eyewear

Do You Protect Your Eyes While Playing Sports?

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Do you or your children participate in sports regularly? Are you sure to always wear protective eyewear when you do? If not, the following fact may shock you: 90 percent of eye injuries can be prevented through use of the right protective eyewear.

That’s right, 90 percent! The facts are in: wearing the right protective eyewear can dramatically reduce the chance of eye injury. So why don’t more people use protective eyewear? Perhaps this is because we often see the pros going without using protective eye gear. Or perhaps we think it doesn’t look cool, or may restrict our vision on the field or the court, or because we think athletic protective eyewear is simply uncomfortable.

Whatever the reason is, it’s just not good enough when it comes to preserving long-term eye health. Taking a ball or an opposing player’s finger to the eye could end your chance to play competitive sports for the rest of your life – that’s the reality. When factoring in the down side, it’s simply not worth the risk when the solution is so simple.


Types of Protective Eyewear for Sports

So, what are the right kinds of protective eyewear to wear while playing various kinds of sports? In sports like baseball, football, hockey, or lacrosse, a polycarbonate helmet or football-approved helmet with a facemask, wire shield, or visor should be used to protect the eyes. For sports like basketball or racquetball, goggles with polycarbonate lenses can serve the purpose of effectively protecting the eyes.

It’s important to use equipment that has been tested and approved by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), or has been approved according to ASTM standards.

If you look, you will probably see many more professional athletes using some kind of eye protection, and at lower levels of play, eye protection is often required. Even if you are a casual participant in sports, it is important to protect your eyes. Even at low levels of play, a flying ball or a stray elbow could easily do serious damage to your eyes.

The Importance of Wearing Protective Eyewear

Once you have your protective eyewear, consider areas you can use it for other than sports. Woodworking, cleaning with dangerous chemicals, watching fireworks close up, and even yardwork can all cause dangerous debris or fluids to fly into the eye and do damage, and regular eyeglasses are often not sufficient protection.

If you are struggling to find protective eyewear you are comfortable with, consult your local optometrist for suggestions. They may be equipped to find the right materials and adjust the fit to make sure your eye protection is comfortable enough to wear.

A Great Way to Protect Your Eyes for Optimal Eye Health

Using the right protective eyewear is a great way to take care of your eye health and the eye health of your children. Another great way is by making sure to go in for regular comprehensive eye exams.

A good eye exam can assess your vision and make sure you have the correction you need to perform as best you can on the court or field. It can also help discover any threats to your eye health that may not be obvious, as some eye problems do not have presenting symptoms until the issue has progressed.

If you need an eye exam or to purchase eyewear in the Portland, Oregon area, Beaumont Vision is the place to go. We offer a wide selection of eyewear options as well as fantastic optometric care from highly-trained professionals in a comfortable environment. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 503- 331-3937 now.

September 19, 2018

Dealing With Itchy Eyes? Read These Best Eye Care Tips for the Fall

Don’t Let Itchy Eyes Become an Issue Again This Fall

Everyone knows that spring is prime allergy season, but those who suffer from seasonal allergies know that fall allergies can be just as brutal as the spring variety. In the end, it’s really all about pollen. While spring and the blooming of new flora can bring lots of pollen to the air, a warm summer can bring high pollen counts too, which can linger and combine with the dry air of fall to give those who suffer from eye allergies fits.

Eye allergies, like all allergies, occur when your immune system responds to something that is not normally a threat, but that your body responds to as such. Your body responds by releasing something called histamines. When a response is directed at a foreign body coming into contact with the mucous membranes of the eyes, this can result in redness, itching, and other problems.

There is no reason why allergies should be a serious threat to your eyes or your vision, but they can be extremely unpleasant. Itchy, watery, red eyes can be very uncomfortable. For many people, it is all too tempting to rub them, which usually just makes the situation worse. With this in mind, here are some tips for taking care of your eyes during the fall season, and for dealing with itchy allergy eyes.

Practical Fall Eye Allergy Tips

The first tip, as alluded to above, is: do not rub your eyes. This will only agitate the irritation and simply exacerbate the problem. If the itching is intolerable, try putting a cold compress over your eyes.

Over-the-counter allergy medications like Allegra or Benadryl may calm the histamines in your system and alleviate your symptoms. If this is not effective, your eye doctor may be able to prescribe combination antihistamine-mast cell stabilizers and corticosteroids that can relieve more aggressive allergy symptoms.

You may also wish to consider switching to daily or weekly disposable contact lenses, as long-term lenses may collect allergens and continue to re-irritate your eyes every time you put them in.

While eye drops that get red out can feel good in the short term, if they are decongestant drops that work by constricting the blood vessels of the eye, they can ultimately make the problem worse.

Fall Allergies and the Environment

When you are susceptible to fall eye allergies, it’s important to do what you can to control your environment. Try to avoid going out when pollen counts are the highest, which is usually in the mid-morning and early evening. When indoors, keep windows closed at night, vacuum frequently to collect dust and pollen and other irritants in the house, and be sure to use a HEPA filter. You may also want to consider having your air ducts professionally cleaned.

Although the symptoms of eye allergies should not cause any long-term damage to your eyes, they may mimic or mask other symptoms that are signs of actual eye health issues. The best and safest thing to do is to come into your local eye care professional for regular comprehensive eye exams.

In the Portland area, the place to go for reliable eye care is Beaumont Vision. We offer caring, highly qualified optometric physicians with state-of-the-art eye examination equipment working in a friendly, comfortable environment. To schedule your eye exam, or to ask any questions about dealing with eye allergies, please call 503-331-3937 today and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Phone: 503- 331-3937 • Fax: 503-528-1234 • 4331 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213