Your glasses or contact lenses must be appropriate for your corresponding sport
By Nicole Ganglani | Photo from Zarak Khan|Unsplash
Participating in any sports or fitness activity is difficult if you have poor eye-sight. Personally, it’s a challenge for me because I can’t perform at my best if I don’t wear my glasses or even put on my contact lenses. My poor eyesight hinders me from seeing incoming vehicles or road signs while running on the road so I really have no choice but to wear them.
The biggest mistake people with poor eyesight can make is to ditch our contact lenses or glasses when we run or work out. But it goes without saying that we should have clear vision when we go on the road. If you’re like me and you have no choice but to wear glasses or contact lenses, here are a few reminders.
For Those Wearing Glasses
John Womack, O.D, a runner and optometrist told Runners World that one mistake people tend to make is wear regular glasses when they go for a run. This is something I’m guilty of, too. When it comes to running, trail, or an activity that exposes you to sunlight, it’s a must to have glasses that block UV rays. Another thing to take note is to ensure your glasses don’t slip off your face while you move; they should also have shatter-resistant material specifically polycarbonate because glasses like these are 10-times more impact resistant than the average ones.
Investing in the right glasses for sports will save your eyesight and at the same time help you avoid sabotaging your actual glasses. Because let’s face it, not all glasses are durable enough for sports or fitness activities.
For Those Wearing Contact Lenses
When working out, I actually prefer to wear contact lenses. It just feels lighter, especially when I run. Womack says that the best contact lenses for runners are the single-use ones but this could honestly be a hassle for many. If you’re like me who reuses their contacts every now and then, remember to avoid getting water in your contacts because this can lead to discomfort and even damages the vision of the lenses. Remember to clean your contacts regularly with solution and always update your lenses with the right prescriptions.
Optometrists say that it’s best to opt for soft and disposable contact lenses rather than hard ones in sports so it’s ideal to invest in single-use ones. It’s also important to consider buying contacts that can maintain moisture to keep the eyes hydrated at all times.
Protect Your Eyes at All Costs
It’s easy to ditch our glasses or contacts when we work out especially if we think that our vision isn’t so bad. But doing so will only strain our eyes more and cause our vision to get worse. You must wear the right glasses and contact lenses like how you need to put on a seatbelt when you get in the front seat of the car.
The right kind of contacts or glasses to wear varies per sport. For non-active sports like running, golf or even squash you can opt to wear either both glasses and contact lenses. But for contact sports like basketball, ice hockey and rugby, it’s best to use soft and disposable contact lenses.
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