Sports and Contact Lens Options

Hello everyone. I hope you are having a great day here in Broken Arrow. Today I want to talk about sports vision and contact lens options. During the eye exam we talk about multiple options regarding the individual. We discuss the sport they play along with many other hobbies. But today, I am going to cover some of the thought process around solely the sport. I am also going to focus on softball and baseball today since that is the season that is kicking off. I will talk more specifics about other sports around their respective seasons.

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When it comes to baseball/softball I tend to encourage my patients to wear contact lenses with sunglasses over top. The reason I like the contact lenses is because it will give them better side vision, more stable vision, easier to wear the safety equipment, and you can wear “cool” sunglasses.

When it comes to the contact lenses I prefer single use lenses in my baseball/softball players. This means you put in the contact lens and take it out at the end of the day and throw it away. This is nice because if we have a lot of dust and dirt in the air that gets thrown away with the contact at the end of the day. Also, this allows the ability to throw a few spares in their bag so in the event they lose a contact lens they have a spare already set up to go. I try to avoid putting everyone into the same brand. I do have brands of choice but talk about that in the exam room. Some brands I work with are Acuvue, Air Optix, Dailies, Ultra, and Biofinity. Those are only a few of the dozens of brands I use.

The way the contacts give better side vision is because the contact lens sits directly on the eye and when we look to the side it travels with us and we don’t have to worry about looking through the edge of the frame.

The way contact lenses help stabilize your vision is by not having something moving even if slightly while you run. It doesn’t matter good the frame fits to your face it will always bounce just a little.

It is pretty obvious how it will help with wearing other head protection. I mean no frame to contend with is pretty awesome.

Lastly, it allows you to get some cool Oakley sunglasses. There are other brands, but if you haven’t watched the video about the Oakley prism baseball technology you really need to check it out.

The American Optometric Association has some free information about sports vision that you can find here.

As always thanks for taking the time to read this and if you want more information about contact lens options you can read my previous post about contacts.

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