Contact Lenses and Sports
Vision impairment can stop anyone from enjoying sports and all kinds of other activities. Luckily, contact lenses are there to efficiently correct your vision. So, how well do contact lenses mix with sports? This guide will take a closer look. Before we start, however, first consult your optician or eye doctor in case you have any specific requirements or doubts. They will help you determine what's best for your needs.
Playing sports while wearing contact lenses
Contact lenses themselves have quite a few pros and cons, but it’s safe to say that lenses and sports are a match made in heaven! Contact lenses offer a number of benefits for athletes and can help improve your performance and comfort level. There are a number of factors to take into account while playing sports, and glasses aren’t always up to the task. Are you moving around a lot? Do you need your peripheral vision to be unhindered? Are you wearing any kind of protective gear? Let’s compare glasses and lenses:
Whether you just play sports for fun or are a professional athlete, it’s easy to see how contact lenses can improve your sporting experience. Beyond their comfort and convenience, contact lenses are certainly the safest option for athletes. They might not help you prevent injury but they allow you to wear protective headgear. This also makes them a great choice for, for example, winter sports or cycling. You’ll be able to wear sunglasses to keep your eyes safe from harmful UV rays and you are free to wear helmets and goggles.
Contact lenses and swimming or water sports
Though contact lenses seem like the perfect solution for sports, there is one clear exception: water sports and swimming! This is because contact lenses may never be exposed to water. Exposure to water may lead to nasty infections and irritation. If you do open your eyes underwater, remove the lenses within 10–15 minutes, and do not use them again. Always wear water-tight, protective swimming goggles if you cannot avoid wearing your lenses while swimming.
After you’re done: showering, saunas or steam rooms
Once you’ve finished playing sports, you are probably planning to hit the shower or maybe even relax for a bit in a sauna or steam room. So what should you do with your lenses then? Tap water and sweat contain bacteria and should never come into contact with your lenses. Soaps and other chemicals in your shower products can also be dangerous for your eyes. Wearing lenses in these hot, dry, or steamy environments can dry out and distort lenses significantly, causing pain, discomfort, irritation, and difficulty removing them. Therefore, the message is clear: remove your lenses before taking a shower, getting in the tub, or entering a sauna or steam room. So as long as you keep this in mind, you’ll be good.
We’ve already established that contact lenses are the ideal choice for sports, but here’s a real pro tip: get yourself some daily disposable lenses! They do not require cases or solutions and are very easy to replace. You can take a small box with you anywhere you go, whether that’s just to the gym or on a winter holiday! If your lenses become contaminated with water or sweat, or if your lenses are starting to blur somehow, just reach into your bag and take out a fresh new pair of daily lenses. This way, your eyes will stay healthy and your vision will stay crisp and clear.