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Contact Lenses and Sports Eye Safety 

To obtain sports-specific information, select from the following list or click on any of the underlined sports in the text on this page.


Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Volleyball

Swimming

Other Watersports

Racket Sports, Tennis, Racketball, Squash, Etc.


CONTACT LENSES AND SPORTS

Most people find contact lenses are better for sports than glasses. They don't fog up, slide down, get knocked off, and they provide better side vision.

 

 

SWIMMING

It is recommended that people who wear contact lenses either remove their lenses for swimming, or wear a Non-prescription Swimming Goggle. Exposing contact lenses to water increases the risk of eye infections. These Non-prescription Goggles are also available with tints.

EYE SAFETY

Contact lens wearers and people who do not wear glasses have basically the same risk of eye injuries in sports. The contact lens does add some protection for the cornea (the front part of the eye).

SPORTS RELATED EYE INJURIES

Statistics from the National Society to Prevent Blindness show that two-thirds of sports-related injuries are identified with the following sports: baseball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, racquetball, paddleball, tennis, squash, hockey, and boxing.

 

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR EYES

Sports Safety Frames and safety thickness plano lenses (no prescription) are recommended for the above mentioned sports. Polycarbonate lenses are recommended because they are the most break-resistant lens available. Glass lenses should never be used because they can break easily.

Because the risk of eye injury is so high with the "racket sports", i.e. tennis, racquetball, handball, squash, paddleball, we feel eye protection is mandatory.