04.01.2012

Eyecare "an important consideration" for skiers

Eyecare "an important consideration" for skiers

By Alexa Kaczka

People heading to the slopes in the coming weeks have been offered some tips to help ensure they come back in one piece, with good vision care one of the most important considerations.

Dr A Herbert Alexander, from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), told US News that there are plenty of things people forget to prepare for before they go skiing, such as not readying their body for the rigors of the activity.

However, many people also forget to check the equipment they will use on the mountain, including goggles, which can help to protect their eyesight while out and about, the expert noted.

The AAOS advises that winter sports fans should always be sure to look after their eyes and other parts of their body whenever skiing or snowboarding in the coming months.

Recently, David Parkins, a spokesman from the College of Optometrists, said that when out in "extremely cold" conditions, such as while skiing, wind chill can be a major issue for people, so he would always recommend wearing protective goggles.

by Emily Tait


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