contact lenses

Whether you’re an extreme sports enthusiast or just go running occasionally, contact lenses give you the freedom to focus on your sport.

Contact lenses help you to keep your eye on the ball and plan your next move plus you will notice contrasts and images don’t distort in shape or size.

Contact lenses give you a crisp, full field of vision and a freedom of movement, without glasses getting in the way.

Here are some of the reasons why contact lenses have a sporting advantage:

  • Lenses give you clear all-round vision, so you can track a ball without the frames of your glasses restricting your view.
  • They don’t slip down your nose when you sweat.
  • They don’t pick up reflections that distort your view.
  • You can wear contact lenses for gymnastics, martial arts or any other sport that may involve a tumble.
  • They can be worn with masks, helmets or any other type of sporting headgear.
  • They don’t bounce up and down when you are out jogging or taking an aerobics class.
  • They won’t break if something or someone accidentally hits you in the face.
  • Unlike glasses, you don’t regularly take them on and off, so you won’t have to worry about losing them.
  • You can wear them under your goggles on the ski slopes.
  • They don’t mist up or get splashed by the rain on runs or climbs, so you can clearly see the next sturdiest spot for your footing.

Contact Lenses, Tints and UV Protection

To reduce glare and improve contrast when playing sports, you might want to consider custom-tinted soft contact lenses. These lenses selectively filter light rays to give you greater visual comfort and help you react faster to objects (such as a baseball or soccer ball) coming your way.

The most popular tints for sports contacts are amber and gray-green. Amber lenses sometimes are preferred for baseball, tennis and soccer, whereas gray-green lenses often are recommended for golf, running and biking. But it’s really a matter of personal preference.

The best way to determine if custom-tinted contacts will enhance your sports experience is to visit a sports vision specialist for a trial fitting. Because these lenses are a specialty item, many optical stores and general eye care practices might not carry them.

Custom-tinted contact for sports are available with or without corrective lens power for nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. But even if you have perfect vision without glasses or contacts, a contact lens fitting and a valid contact lens prescription is needed to purchase custom-tinted contact lenses.

Many brands of soft contact lenses — whether custom-tinted or not — provide some level of protection against ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun, which can harm your eyes and the skin on your face. However, this protection is limited to the area of your eye covered by the lenses. Wearing UV-blocking contacts still leaves portions of your eyes and the delicate skin of your eyelids vulnerable to the sun.

For this reason, even though it is an advantage if your contact lenses block UV, it remains important to wear sports eyewear that provides 100 percent UV protection for all outdoor sports. Hats help, too, because they cover the top opening between sunglasses and your face.

Which Option Is Best for You? Ask Optical Solutions: a Sports Vision Expert

Because of growing public awareness of the need for eye safety and the desire people of all ages have for optimum vision and comfort during leisure activities, there are more options in protective sports eyewear today than ever before.

But the choices don’t have to be daunting. Visit Optical Solutions – a sports vision specialist to find out the best eyewear solutions for your active lifestyle

Published by knanosky

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