10.03.2011

Contact lenses help basketball player

Contact lenses help basketball player

By Alexa Kaczka

A female basketball player has benefitted from wearing contact lenses to assist her during matches, after suffering from eye problems.

When Olivia DeFrancesco, who plays for Bishop McGuinness in the NCHSAA 1-A girls basketball, recently started wearing contact lenses after she began struggling to see the other side of the court clearly, which affected her game, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

She told the newspaper how she felt "immediately" comfortable wearing contact lenses, which helped to correct the nearsightedness in one eye and farsightedness in the other.

I really noticed at the free-throw line," DeFrancesco said. "I feel faster. On the court, I was always squinting, and it slowed me down on my shot. I have a quick release now," DeFrancesco explained to the newspaper.

It comes after Saracens rugby player Hayden Smith began using a new type of contact lens solution to clean his lenses and aid his on-pitch performance.

by Adrian Galbreth


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