Contact Lenses For Sports Guide

Advantages of contact lenses for sports

  • Unlike glasses, contact lenses won’t slip down your face if you’re sweaty, or bounce up and down while you’re running or working out.
  • They’re great for fast-paced sports that require you to be at your most agile because they improve vision stability and give you a wider field of vision.
  • They don’t get in the way of helmets or headgear, and you don’t have to worry about prescription goggles or sunglasses coming off if you’re into snow sports.
  • During rough or contact sports such as rugby or martial arts, contact lenses also remove the risk of eye injury from broken glass and, of course, won’t snap like glasses can.
  • Rain or shine, contact lenses won’t fog up, get covered in raindrops or get dirty in bad weather and, in dry conditions, they won’t get dusty.
  • Contact lenses with a UV filter will protect your eyes from the sun all day long – whether that’s up a mountain, on the cricket pitch or playing beach games.
    (UV-absorbing contact lenses are NOT substitutes for protective UV-absorbing eyewear such as UV-absorbing goggles or sunglasses because they do not completely cover the eye and surrounding area.)

Contact lenses for swimming and water sports

As a rule, contact lenses and water don’t mix. Not only can they dislodge or come out, water-borne bacteria can attach themselves to your lenses and cause infections.

Swimming

Sailing

Scuba Diving

Contact lenses for winter sports

Contact lenses can be a real game changer for fans of winter sports and for people who like to soak up as much sun and fun as they can during the colder months.

There are benefits to wearing contact lenses instead of glasses for sports such as skiing, snowboarding and ice-skating:

  • Contact lenses will fit comfortably under your protective eyewear for skiing and snowboarding – so there’s no need to buy prescription goggles.
  • They won’t fall off or fog up.
  • Contact lenses will provide you with a wider field of peripheral vision.

UV doesn’t just affect you in summer months, so consider UV protection when it comes to choosing your contact lenses. Ask your optometrist which contact lens brands offer UV protection.

Contact lenses for ball sports

Sports such as football, cricket, volleyball and tennis require you to have good peripheral vision so you can see the ball and other players. Contact lenses can provide clear and focused vision throughout the entire field of vision meaning you can play with complete clarity.

It’s also important to consider UV protection during the summer months, it’s not just about protecting your skin, your eyes are important too. Ask your optometrist which contact lens brands offer UV protection.

Frequently asked questions

Which contact lenses are best for sport?

Can I wear contact lenses for all sports?