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Contact lenses have become popular among fitness enthusiasts and athletes. They provide better peripheral vision and a wider field of view. Wearing contacts also eliminates the hassle of wearing eyeglasses during physical activities. 


What Are Contact Lenses?


Contact lenses, also called contacts, are thin plastic discs placed on the eye's surface. They can help correct vision or serve cosmetic or therapeutic purposes.


Advantages of Contact Lenses for Sports and Exercise


Contact lenses sit on the eye to allow a wider field of view for better peripheral vision. Athletes playing soccer, football, and basketball benefit most from this advantage as they can see everything. 

Contacts cannot slip off or fog up like eyeglasses during physical activity. They eliminate distractions and allow athletes to focus on their performance without worrying about their vision. Contact lenses are more comfortable to wear during physical activity than eyeglasses. 

Physical activity causes glasses to exert pressure on the nose and ears. In contrast, contact lenses remain securely in place without causing discomfort. Contact lenses give an extra protection layer during sports and exercise. They are a shield from debris, dirt, and sweat that can cause discomfort and irritation.


Potential Risks and Precautions to Consider 


Contact lenses provide many benefits for sports and exercise. However, there are some potential risks and precautions to keep in mind. Sweat, dirt, and debris can accumulate on contacts during physical activity. They create a breeding ground for bacteria. 

Physical activity can cause the eye to become dry and irritated, which can worsen by wearing contact lenses. You may not enjoy wearing contact lenses if you experience such symptoms and do not know how to deal with the problem.


Tips for Wearing Contact Lenses During Sports and Exercise


Reduce your risk of eye infections by cleaning and disinfecting your contact lenses before and after use. Lubricating eye drops can alleviate dry eyes and discomfort during physical activity. 

Taking breaks from wearing contact lenses during prolonged physical activity can also prevent dry eyes. Use prescription sports goggles or eyeglasses every few hours using your contact lenses.

Carrying extra lenses and supplies like lubricating eye drops and cleaning solution during physical activities is always a good idea. They can help in case you get an emergency. It is vital to avoid wearing contact lenses during water sports such as surfing, diving, or swimming. They can easily fall out and increase the risk of eye infection.


Choosing the Right Contact Lenses for Sports and Exercise

  • Soft contact lenses - They conform to the shape of the eye and are comfortable and flexible for sports and exercise

  • Daily disposable lenses - You can dispose of them after each use. They are ideal for sports and exercise because they do not require cleaning or disinfecting

  • Extended wear lenses - You can wear them continuously for a week without removal. They are convenient because you do not have to take them out. However, they may not be the best for sports and exercise as they heighten your chances of getting dry eyes and infections

  • Toric lenses - These are for people with astigmatism. They are also ideal for athletes who need precise vision during physical activity

For more information on contact lenses, visit Berris Optical at our Rocky River, Ohio office. Call 440-571-7100 to book an appointment today.

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