Protect Your Eyes While Staying Active

Protect Your Eyes While Staying Active


April is Sports Eye Safety Month! Alaskans love to stay active. Whether snow machining, cross country skiing, hunting, or hiking, you’ll find them outside enjoying everything the state has to offer. Playing sports and getting outside are great ways to stay healthy, but it is important to make sure you are properly protecting your eyes. As the weather gets warmer, make sure you are keeping your eyes safe while you stay active.


Sunglasses are one of the most important forms of eye protection. Wearing quality sunglasses outdoors is essential to protect your eyes from the harmful effects of UV. UV damage can lead to cataracts, age related macular degeneration (ARMD), and sunburn of the eye (photokeratitis). Many people believe that sunglasses are only necessary when it is sunny outside, but UV is present during the day even if the sky is cloudy, so it is important to wear sunglasses anytime you are outdoors. Polarized lenses are ideal for activities like driving, golfing, and fishing because they eliminate glare, giving you better overall vision and 100% UV protection. Talk to your optician about your daily activities to ensure you find the best sunglasses for your needs.

Safety Glasses

According to Prevent Blindness, thousands of eye accidents happen each day. 90 percent of these accidents are preventable with the use of appropriate safety eyewear. Safety glasses must meet specific requirements for impact resistance and eye protection. These will be labeled with the stamp “Z87”. Most people think of using safety glasses in an industrial setting, but safety glasses should be worn for a number of activities, including cycling, skiing, four-wheeling, snow machining, and team sports. There are many different styles of safety eyewear, including sunglasses and goggles, and they can be made with or without a prescription.  If you participate in any activity where there is a risk eye injury, talk to your optician about the best safety eyewear for your needs. 

Sport Goggles

Goggles are essential for outdoor activities, especially in windy or dusty environments. Wind and dust can lead to irritation and dry eye syndrome. This irritation may also lead to pterygium, a fleshy tissue growth that occurs on the eye. When looking for sport goggles, look for lenses that are polarized and impact resistant. Also consider goggles that have a foam gasket to keep them comfortably snug against your face. Look for designs that minimize fogging-some goggles even come with motorized fans!

Kids Eye Safety

According to the American Optometric Association, three sports accounted for almost half of all trips to the emergency room: basketball, baseball, and air/paintball guns. Sports-related injuries can range from corneal abrasions and bruises on the lids to more serious, vision-threatening internal injuries, such as a retinal detachment and internal bleeding. Children are more likely to be injured playing sports, so it is imperative that they wear adequate safety eyewear. 

Mountain View Optical has everything you need to keep your eyes safe while you are on your next adventure. To schedule an appointment with an optician, call or text (907) 328-2920!


Prevent Blindness,

American Optometric Association,

Written By: Gina Stafford COA, LDO, ABOC


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