(KUTV) Spring is here and that means many people are heading outdoors. Whether you are playing recreation softball or tending to yard work, doctors want everyone to think about protecting their eyes. "Anytime you go outside, I think it is a good idea to wear some protection," said Doctor Brian Davis, an ophthalmologist here in Utah. "If nothing else, sunglasses can protect your eyes from the sun."
Doctor Brian Davis says every year there are about 100,000 eye injuries across the United States. Many of those injuries, he says, lead to blindness. "You can see anywhere from a scratch on the surface of the eye or a bruise. You can certainly damage the bones around the eye."
Even the sun can damage your eyes. As he mentioned, Doctor Davis says sunglasses will provide adequate protection for your eyes.
Numbers show about 90% of eye injuries are preventable. Doctors have designated April as Sports Eye Safety Month.
Learn more about how to protect eyes while enjoying athletic activities by visiting: www.geteyesmart.org
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