Sports can be visually demanding, both in childhood and adulthood. Whether you want to ensure your child’s eyes are protected during play, or want to improve your own sports performance, you cannot overlook the important role optometrists play in sports vision.
Contact Lenses for Sports
Many children and their parents desire contact lens use during sports for a variety of reasons. In the case of contact sports, such as football and basketball, contact lenses are often utilized to prevent breakage of glasses and resulting injury. With contact lens use during sports, glasses that fog up or get covered in sweat are not a concern. Contact lenses also provide an unobstructed field of view, and in some cases more clear and precise vision.
Protective Sports Goggles
If your main concern is eye protection, protective goggles can oftentimes be specially made using the athlete’s prescription. These specially designed goggles have the advantage of providing safety in addition to clear, corrected vision. Your eye doctor can provide a prescription to correct vision, and an optician can help choose safety goggles that are the best fit, both in terms of comfort and protection.
Outdoor sports require UV protection, both to protect the health of the eye and improve sports performance. Athletes can work with optometrists to achieve this in a variety of ways. Prescription sunglasses can be specially created to provide clear vision and sun protection, and may be used by athletes such as golfers or runners. For athletes who do not wish to wear glasses, custom-tinted contact lenses can be prescribed in order to improve contrast and prevent glare. Most contact lenses, even without tint, have some degree of UV protection. To receive a prescription for contact lenses, tinted or not, visit your optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam.