By Alexa Kaczka
For people who require vision correction, contact lenses are almost as important as a racquet or a bat, one expert has pointed out.
Nick Dash, Sports Vision Specialist at Loughborough University, told the fitness magazine Zest that there is no longer any need for people who suffer form poor vision to allow their form to suffer on the field of play.
This is because contact lenses can allow them to benefit from perfect sight without having to wear glasses, which can be dangerous to participate in, particularly contact and ball sports.
The expert explained: "Contact lenses are used by the - weekend warrior - so-called occasional sports or activity enthusiasts, but they are even more important in elite athletes that want a level playing field to their normally sighted competitors."
One famous contact lens wearer is the Serbian tennis player and Laureus World Sportsman of the Year 2011, Novak Djokovic, who is currently ranked number one in the world, holding three of the four grand slam titles.
Over the last 18 months, he has been almost unstoppable on the tennis court and partly has his contact lenses to thank for putting him on an even playing field with his fellow players, vision-wise.
However, it is not only professional sportsmen and women who can benefit from wearing contacts, as amateurs can still find it improves their form and enjoyment of physical activity.
A recent survey carried out by Bausch & Lomb revealed that almost a quarter of people who chose to switch from contact lenses to glasses did so because they were keen to wear them for sports activities, rather than bulky and potentially dangerous spectacles.
This figure is likely to rise in the near future as more people follow the example of Djokovic and other sports stars and realise the ease of use and convenience that contacts can provide when playing sport.
by Adrian Galbreth