05.04.2012

Contact lenses "a good idea" for runners

Contact lenses "a good idea" for runners

By Alexa Kaczka

Many runners have experienced the problem of having to contend with glasses when outdoors and the discomfort they can cause when jogging and training.

However, this does not have to be the case, according to Gavin Rebello, a sports vision expert, who says wearing contact lenses is an excellent idea for anyone who is active but requires vision correction.

"If you are running your glasses are going to be bouncing around all the time. You can't predict the weather so it could be drizzling, which is a nightmare for glasses. Or if there is glorious sun and you are getting really hot, the glasses will slide down your nose - contact lenses give you freedom," he explained.

Contacts can also be beneficial to overall performance in a race, according to the specialist, who noted that people who are aware of the runners around them will find that it "takes them up a gear" - something that is not possible when running in glasses, which restrict peripheral vision to an extent.

Mr Rebello pointed out that good eyesight is vitally important when playing sport, as 80 to 85 per cent of what happens in sport is vision-related.

In football, for example, people need to follow the ball, see when it is in space, judge when it is going to arrive at their feet or on their head, and know who is around them to pass the ball to – all of which are compromised if people are struggling with poor vision.

With something like running, some people think that they can see so should be fine, but actually it is actually about "getting into the zone".

"If you are not seeing as well as you possibly could do, if you tend to squint your eyes or frown your head to try and see a little bit better, that takes energy - that distracts you and then you can't get into the zone," he added.

Wearing contact lenses to help avoid these problems can therefore be beneficial for a number of reasons and help people who play a variety of sports, the expert noted.

by Adrian Galbreth


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