Contact lenses for sports
Advantages of contact lenses for sports
Unlike glasses, contact lenses won’t slip down your face if you’re sweaty, or bounce up and down while you’re running or working out.
They’re great for fast-paced sports that require you to be at your most agile because they improve vision stability and give you a wider field of vision.
They don’t get in the way of helmets or headgear, and you don’t have to worry about prescription goggles or sunglasses coming off if you’re into snow sports.
During rough or contact sports such as rugby or martial arts, contact lenses also remove the risk of eye injury from broken glass and, of course, won’t snap like glasses can.
Rain or shine, contact lenses won’t fog up, get covered in raindrops or get dirty in bad weather and, in dry conditions, they won’t get dusty.
Contact lenses with a UV filter will protect your eyes from the sun all day long – whether that’s up a mountain, on the cricket pitch or playing beach games.
Contact lenses for
swimming and water sports
As a rule, contact lenses and water don’t mix. Not only can they dislodge or come out, water-borne bacteria can attach themselves to your lenses and cause infections.
If you are a regular swimmer, we’d recommend that you avoid wearing contact lenses, and instead invest in some prescription goggles. If that’s not an option, daily disposable lenses are the safest type of contact lenses for water sports. There’s less chance of a bacteria build-up as you can take them out, throw them away and start again with a fresh pair.
Protection is key when it comes to sailing. The windy, salty and often sunny environment can be harsh on your eyes, so consider wearing contact lenses with UV protection, to safeguard your eyes from the sun. Salty air and wind can also make your eyes dry which can make your contact lenses feel uncomfortable. Ensure you’re fully prepared with a pair of non-prescription sunglasses, ask in store for more details.
Prescription scuba masks can be expensive, so contact lenses are a great alternative to wear under your non-prescription mask. However, if you are just starting to learn to dive, you will need to ‘clear your mask’ which lets water in and then back out, so we would not recommend you wear contact lenses at this point. Remember contact lenses and water do not mix well.
Which contact lenses are best for sport?
As part of your free in-store contact lens assessment your optician will ask you a variety of questions to determine the best type of contact lenses for you and the sports you enjoy. You need to consider: the environment, length of games, body contact, and extreme eye movements. Soft lenses are likely to be the most suitable as they’re safer for contact sport as they are unlikely to be dislodged and can handle rapid eye movements.
Can I wear contact lenses for all sports?
Every sport is different, so it’s important that you carefully consider the right contact lenses for you. Wet sports, dry sports, long distance focusing, short range views all affect which contact lens will suit you best.
Contact lenses for ball sports
Sports such as football, cricket, volleyball and tennis require you to have good peripheral vision so you can see the ball and other players. Contact lenses can provide clear and focused vision throughout the entire field of vision meaning you can play with complete clarity.
It’s also important to consider UV protection during the summer months, it’s not just about protecting your skin, your eyes are important too. Ask your optician which contact lens brands offer UV protection.
Contact lenses for winter sports
Contact lenses can be a real game changer for fans of winter sports and for people who like to soak up as much sun and fun as they can during the colder months.
There are benefits to wearing contact lenses instead of glasses for sports such as skiing, snowboarding and ice-skating:
- Contact lenses will fit comfortably under your protective eyewear for skiing and snowboarding – so there’s no need to buy prescription goggles.
- They won’t fall off or fog up.
- Contact lenses will provide you with a wider field of peripheral vision.
And remember UV doesn’t just affect you in summer months, so consider UV protection when it comes to choosing your contact lenses. Ask your optician which contact lens brands offer UV protection.
Aftercare is free with our all-inclusive package
If you choose to sign up to our all-inclusive package, easycare, and pay for your lenses by direct debit – all your aftercare checks are included, absolutely free.