15.04.2009

US footballer gets contact lenses in time for spring game

US footballer gets contact lenses in time for spring game

By Martin Burns

A player of American football has begun wearing contact lenses in time for a spring game.

Roy Roundtree, 20, told the Michigan Daily that his eyesight had worsened as he started college and had to read more.

His coach, Rich Rodriguez, noticed him squinting and sent him for an eye test.

"We got him some contact lenses real quick," Mr Rodriguez said.

They arrived in time for a spring game.

Before getting his contact lenses, Mr Roundtree found it difficult to play properly as he could not see the ball when it was in mid-route.

Contact lens firm Acuvue says that ball games are among sports that benefit most from contact lenses as they allow a 360 degree field of vision.

Rugby and other contact sports are also better suited to contact lenses than glasses, which would easily break during play.

In addition, Acuvue points out that people who take part in stunts such as skateboarding should also wear contact lenses, as they will need to make full turns.

by Martin Burns


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