Contact lenses for sports
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.
They’re great for fast-paced sports that require you to be at your most agile.
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.
If you are a regular swimmer, we’d recommend that you avoid wearing contact lenses, and instead invest in some prescription goggles. If that’s not an option, daily disposable lenses are the safest type of contact lenses for water sports. There’s less chance of a bacteria build-up as you can take them out, throw them away and start again with a fresh pair.
Protection is key when it comes to sailing. The windy, salty and often sunny environment can be harsh on your eyes, so consider wearing contact lenses with UV protection, to safeguard your eyes from the sun. Salty air and wind can also make your eyes dry which can make your contact lenses feel uncomfortable. Ensure you’re fully prepared with a pair of non-prescription sunglasses, ask in store for more details.
Prescription scuba masks can be expensive, so contact lenses are a great alternative to wear under your non-prescription mask. However, if you are just starting to learn to dive, you will need to ‘clear your mask’ which lets water in and then back out, so we would not recommend you wear contact lenses at this point. Remember contact lenses and water do not mix well.
And remember UV doesn’t just affect you in summer months, so consider UV protection when it comes to choosing your contact lenses. Ask your optician which contact lens brands offer UV protection.