Benefits of contact lenses over glasses for sports

All this talk of the #WinterOlympics has me thinking,about the benefits of wearing contact lenses while participating in sports and how it might advantage your game play .

Contact lenses have many advantages over glasses for sport, not just from the practical point of view but for visual reasons too.

Some of the benefits of contact lenses are given below (adapted from Performance, Vision and Sport, courtesy of Dr Martin Cardall and #Johnson&Johnson Vision Care). It’s important to consider the specific visual requirements of the sport and any need for eye protection.

Here are some of the reasons behind the practice.

Wider field of view:Contact lenses provide all-round vision – with glasses, lenses and frames restrict field of view.

Greater stability:Less risk of dislodging contact lenses

Not affected by fogging up or rain:Contact lenses are not as exposed to environmental conditions as glasses

Less susceptible to dirt:Glasses are susceptible to smearing and dirt

sunglasses can be worn:Glasses often interfere with eye protection

Protect against peripheral and oblique UV (if incorporate UV protection):Contact lenses offer additional protection when used with sunglasses

Low risk of damage to lens during wear:High risk of damage to glasses during wear and potential trauma from lenses and frames

Can be thrown away:Lost or damaged glasses are costly to replace

Fewer minification / magnification effects :The size of viewed objects is more constant with contact lenses (‘real-world’)

Less adaptation may be needed:After initial adaptation, changes in contact lens power need very little adaptation

Better depth perception:Contact lenses allow more stable vision and better depth perception (due to less magnification difference between eyes)

Fewer distortions:Contact lenses move with the eyes so the centre of the lens is always in the line of sight

Fewer reflections:Glasses wearers may experience reflections off the lens surfaces


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