What's the Right Eyewear for Sports? - Smart Vision Labs

Eyewear for Sports

Do you play sports and wear prescription eyeglasses? Are you trying to figure out what is the best eyewear for sports? Do you ever feel like your glasses are another opponent? Do you worry about them breaking, falling off, or fogging up? Whether you are a casual athlete or are planning to break a world record, you may be able to better concentrate on your goals with a couple alternatives to traditional glasses.

Good vision is essential for performing at your peak. Contacts are an obvious choice for replacing your glasses on the turf or at the gym. They can improve your vision clarity and correct your entire field of view better than traditional glasses. Because they rest right on your eyes, they won’t interfere with the fit or comfort of any protective gear, like helmets or goggles. They won’t fog up or collect water droplets if a rainstorm springs up during your game. If you play a contact sport, they are not as likely to get knocked off (and stepped on) like glasses might.

Have you already tried contact lenses? Most athletes, at some point, opt for contacts over prescription glasses, even if only during sporting activities. If short-term wear appeals to you, daily disposable lenses might be worth trying out. Stick with your prescription glasses until game day when you put contacts in. When the game is over, just get throw them out. You get the benefits of sharper vision and frameless vision correction and avoid having to clean and disinfect your contacts.

But glasses can be athlete-friendly as well. In fact, for some sports, they can be even safer. From baseball to badminton, any sport which involves hitting an object through the air presents a danger to your eyes. Contact sports or those where you are simply involved with many other players also pose a higher risk of injury. Swimming, even though you are by yourself, actually has one of the highest rates of sports-related eye injuries.

Sports goggles or glasses create a barrier between the eyes and hazards, such as other players, flying baseballs, or swinging racquets. Because they are created with sports in mind, they avoid the issues that regular glasses have. Additionally, you can get pairs that are made specifically for a particular sport. Some are meant to fit comfortably inside a helmet while others wrap around and provide UV ray protection from the sides. Prescription swimming goggles will protect your eyes while they are open underwater.

What happens if your prescription isn’t “that bad?” Unfortunately, many athletes who need minor vision correction choose to skip it altogether. But you can still benefit from wearing eyewear during your physical activities. Even if you don’t need vision correction at all, you do need UV protection.

Tinted lenses are another choice anyone can take advantage of. They come in many different colors which allow for better vision in certain conditions. Green tint is optimal for baseball because it increases contrast while keeping the correct color balance. If you’re going skiing on a sunny day, reach for amber or red lenses which work well in bright conditions but do alter the color balance. Yellow and orange lenses filter out blue light to create sharper vision for low-light conditions or indoor sports, like basketball.

Regardless of which way you choose to correct your vision in the sports activity of your choice, be sure to have regular vision exams. You can’t be your best on the playing field if you can’t see your best.

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