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Eye Safety and Sports

When the springtime arrives, as well as often nicer weather, comes an increase in the number of eye injuries related to sports. Every year, many people, both young and old incur eye injuries as a result of sport play that could be averted with suitable defense. Using proper eye protection while playing sports is important, especially in contact sports or those that bring you out into the sun such as basketball, softball, cricket, tennis, full-contact martial arts, soccer, or fishing.

Most sports related eye accidents can be avoided by investing in the appropriate protective eyewear suited to the sport you're involved in. The right eyewear will keep you out of harm's way and will often also have additional protection to shield you from ultra-violet light for outdoor activities. This sort of eye wear is designed to prepare you for certain accidents. Regular glasses typically don't meet the minimum requirements for full protection, which means that the smallest collision can turn into a serious risk to eyesight.

Sports and eye safety means more than selecting the appropriate protective eyewear. Your vision is an essential factor of your ability to play sports, so it's vital to have clear eyesight. For those who already wear eyeglasses, you'll need protective sports glasses that have a prescription that will also help to correct your vision. For contact lens wearers, you may need a slightly different lens than the lenses you normally wear. Contact your optometrist about the options available to you.

Each sport has different demands and dangers, so let your optometrist identify your specific situation and suggest the right glasses or lenses that best fit your visual skills. This will help you give you the boost you need to succeed and have fun safely.

Each sport has a range of needs and risks, so let your optometrist identify your specific needs and fit you with the correct glasses or contact lenses to maximize your eyesight needs. This will help you give you the boost you need to excel and have fun safely.

Enjoying sports and physical activity is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. However remember never to overlook the safety of your eyes and vision. Taking these additional steps will only allow you to benefit from longer years of playing sports and strong vision.

Thank you for trusting your eyecare with us over the years.  The Foresight Eyecare team follows the government mandate to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  After December 2020 announcements made by the Alberta Government, our clinic is following the revised Infection Prevention and Control policy by the Alberta College of Optometrists.

Patients interested in obtaining eye exam services or eye care products can be seen by appointment only.  Please call ahead, and staff will arrange an appointment time and ask COVID-19 screening questions.  If you have any symptoms of cough, fever, runny nose or shortness of breath, we ask that you call or e-mail us and do not attend the clinic for your scheduled visit.   Within the clinic, please wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer at reception.  Our clinic complies with the City of Calgary bylaw requiring mask covering over the age of two years old.  For patients who are unable to wear a face covering due to medical reasons, the patient can be scheduled for an appointment at a time when minimal number of other patients are in the clinic such as at the beginning or end of the day to ensure appropriate physical distancing requirements.

We are using disposable disinfectant wipes on all surfaces and devices such as front desk counters, chairs, handles in exam rooms and waiting room.  All eyewear that have been touched by patients are continually being sanitized.   Any toys and magazines are stored at this time.  Examination areas are being sanitized with hospital grade disinfectant.  Debit and credit cards but NO CASH payments will be accepted.

COVID-19 symptoms are not always obvious.  We want to fend off this pandemic and minimize risk to our patients and the Foresight staff as front line health workers.   Contact that is closer than 2 m (6 feet) is to be avoided, with barriers in place when this cannot be avoided. We choose to continue to do our work and cautiously take care of our patients with compassion, humility, gentleness, and patience.   It is a challenging and new experience for many of us, so let‘s support each other and prevent virus spread!  Beyond 2020, our focus is on take care of you and keeping Clean Hands, Clear Heads and Open Hearts.   For more information, please refer to the following web pages or phone Health Link 811.

www.albertahealthservices.ca

www.collegeofoptometrists.ab.ca

Drs. Dianna Leong, Anh Bui, Andrew Chan