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Of the millions of people who wear contact lenses, a growing number are athletes--professional and amateur. From the tennis star trying to serve an "ace" - to the "weekend warrior" who likes to jog or play squash, contact lenses are winning over glasses. The reasoning is simple: contacts give athletes a competitive edge.
Contacts improve visual acuity. An athlete with clear, crisp vision is one that can see the ball fly down the fairway -- and see where it lands, spot shifts in the backfield, see the line at the far side of the tennis court, see the bobbin dip below the surface of the lake, and keep a sharp eye on the sails.
Contacts extend the athlete's peripheral vision, or the ability to see out of the corner of the eye. With contact lenses, there are no obstructive eyeglass frames to hamper or limit peripheral vision. Good peripheral vision makes it easier for runners to maintain awareness of competitors' positions, running backs to see when the tackle is coming, volleyball players to see what's happening all around the court, and a student of karate to see where the blow is coming from.
During a sking holiday, your eyes are exposed to as much Ultra Violet radiation as your skin. However, since they don't tan or burn does not mean you don't need to worry about them. As a skier you most probably spend a lot of time outdoors, enjoying fresh air, wide, open spaces and the pleasure of being among the elements. However, regardless of whether it's sunny or cloudy, hot or cold, summer or winter you are constantly exposed to harmful ultra violet radiation from the sun. You can protect yourself from these damaging rays by covering your face and arms with suncreams and lotions and wearing a cap, but what about your eyes? Just like sand and water, snow reflects an average of 85% of U.V rays. These rays can damage our eyes, and, since eye tissue cannot regenerate it can lead to serious eye conditions such as cataract, loss of vision or photokeratitis ( snow blindness). That is why it is extremely important that we protect our eyes in these environments. Contact Lenses with ultra violet protection were designed to help in these situations. Unlike sunglasses, which still allow scattered UV radiation to enter from the sides, top and bottom, contact lenses offer complete protection. Several companies manufacture daily disposable lenses with built in UV protection which are ideal for outdoor activities e.g Crystal
Contact lenses enhance depth perception. The athlete's ability to accurately judge the distance between himself or herself and the ball, boundary lines, opponents or teammates, is based on depth perception. Golfers use depth perception on the tee and fairway to determine where and how hard to hit the ball. Tennis players rely on their depth perception to be able to judge where the ball is going to drop.
Contacts can be worn easily and are often recommended to be used with protective eye gear such as goggles, which can be cumbersome or impossible to wear with eyeglasses. In addition, contact lenses can avoid potential injury that could result from broken frames and shattered spectacle lenses.
Today's contact lenses have advanced well beyond those of even ten years ago -- which were prone to pop out on the basketball court. They are made of special soft or silicone materials that allow them to fit better and remain in place under almost any circumstance. What an advantage over eyeglasses, which can be knocked off, broken or cracked during competition! Contact lenses do not steam up from perspiration, do not smudge, do not get covered with water drops, and don't steam up going from the playing field to the locker room. And once they are in, the athlete can forget about them -- and concentrate on the sport at hand. For outdoor athletes who need vision correction, contact lenses mean not having to buy prescription eyeglasses -- just pop on any UV-filtering sunglasses and you're ready to play! With contact lenses, swimmers, surfers, windsurfers, sailors and other water athletes can wear contacts with confidence. They don't have to worry about glasses fogging up, getting splashed with water, or falling off. To help protect your eyes and your lenses, goggles should be worn when you swim.
With outstanding fit and comfort, and a variety of lens styles to choose from, today's contacts are designed to fit virtually every lifestyle. They are ideal for aerobics, basketball, football, running, bicycling, tennis, hockey -- for whatever sport or activity you choose to be in. Still, only an eye care professional can tell you whether contacts are for you. For more information, see your eye care professional for a complete eye examination and to find out which contact lens is right for your eyes and vision condition. They can often have you seeing well, performing well and looking great in no time with contact lenses!