Julie Dixon, optometrist at Specsavers in Barrow-in-Furness talks sport, exercise and eye health.

Taking part in regular exercise is a vital part of any healthy lifestyle and it’s also a great way to spend time with family and friends.

When exercising, it’s important that you have the correct clothing and accessories to help you with your overall comfort and performance. It’s also important that you take care of vulnerable parts of your body, such as your eyes, to avoid any damage and to help prevent injuries.

The importance of suitable eyewear - whatever your chosen sport

Those who need glasses and regularly participate in sporting activities need to ensure they wear the most suitable corrective eyewear for the sport they are taking part in. There are a number of considerations to make when choosing the most suitable frames and lenses for the type of sport you are involved in.

For those who cycle, it’s advisable to wear tinted wrap around glasses that follow the contours of the face and also stop wind and light coming in from around the sides. For swimming, prescription goggles are available that make the sport far more comfortable, protecting eyes underwater and correcting vision in the same way as glasses or contact lenses.

Golfers should also wear specialist corrective eyewear. As well ensuring wrap around glasses fit securely, lenses with green tints will help to reduce glare and offer high contrast as well as adding visual sharpness. Snooker players should opt for frames that have tall lenses and are set high, so that when the head is lowered over the cue stick while aiming, with the nose pointing downward, the eyes can still look through the lenses instead of over them.

Enhanced comfort and enjoyment

Choosing suitable corrective eyewear when playing sport will not only enhance your comfort and enjoyment, it will also keep your eyes safe from damage. For questions about the different types of frames and lenses you should consider when taking part in sporting activities, it is best to ask your local optician for advice.

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