If you've had bad experiences wearing glasses during any number of sports, it's time to think about making the switch to wearing contact lenses. Even if you prefer the look and feel of standard glasses during your day-to-day life, swapping the glasses for your contacts when it's time to get physical can allow you to play with confidence as you won't be worrying about your glasses getting damaged. Despite the benefits provided by contacts during a wide range of sporting activities, it's important to take the right approach to avoid frustration and discomfort. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
Pack A "Care Package" For Your Sports Bag
Whether you're working out at the gym or playing a team sport, make sure that you have a few contact lens accessories in a dedicated pouch in your gym or sports bag. The pouch should include extra contact lenses in the event that one falls out—if you lose one on a softball diamond, you're unlikely to find it. You should also carry contact lens solution and if you have trouble placing your contacts in your eyes, a small mirror.
Be Sure To Wash Your Hands
While it's common sense to wash your hands before you touch your eyes, you need to understand that many harmful bacteria can be present in sporting equipment. As such, taking your hands right out of your hockey gloves, for example, and touching your eyes puts you at serious risk of an eye infection. Make sure that you always carry disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer so that you can thoroughly clean your hands before dealing with your contacts.
Wear Sunglasses For Certain Sports
It might seem a bit strange to think about wearing sunglasses if you've wanted to avoid your regular eyeglasses, but the benefit to non-prescription sunglasses worn with contact lenses is that you can remove the former when you don't need them without compromising your vision. In certain sports, it's ideal to have sunglasses on hand. When you're cycling, for example, the prolonged periods of wind in your eyes can dry them out and make your contacts irritate you; by blocking the wind with sunglasses, you'll be able to comfortably wear the contacts.
Keep An Old Pair Of Glasses Handy
Whether you're having trouble with your contact lenses or you just don't have time to deal with one after it falls out, it's beneficial to keep an old pair of eyeglasses in your sporting gear. By having the glasses as a backup plan, you'll be able to quickly put them on if the need arises—this is far better than having your glasses left at home and no alternate solution to your contacts.
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