By Adrian Galbreth
A basketball-playing teenager has been encouraged to wear contact lenses rather than glasses for the game.
The 14-year-old player contacted the Kansas City Star to ask whether contact lenses were safe and expressing concern that they may stick inside the eyes.
But the teenager was assured that it is very rare for contact lenses to be trapped inside the eye and they can usually be removed without much difficulty even if they are.
The publication explained that contact lenses also give superior peripheral vision and said that athletic goggles can still be worn.
Soft contact lenses were also said to stay in place more easily.
Earlier this month, the Associated Press reported that US baseball player Brian McCann is wearing glasses to play.
He had suffered from dryness and blurriness in one eye and drops had not alleviated the problem.
The Atlanta Braves catcher said at the time: "This is probably the toughest thing I"ve ever had to go through."
by Martin Burns