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Performance Enhancing Contact Lenses

More than half of American adults have vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism and need corrective lenses. Many athletes who fall into this category choose contact lenses because of the competitive advantage they can provide.

Even if you've worn contact lenses in the past and found they weren't that comfortable for you after a long day at the office, you could try them part-time strictly for sports and recreation.Performance Enhancing Contacts in action 1/2

Contact lenses enhance sports performance in many ways, such as providing a wider field of view than eyeglasses.

Less chance of injury. Eyeglasses may break and cause an eye injury if you take a hard hit, but contact lenses won't.

Less likelihood of fogging up or getting splattered. Unlike eyeglasses, contacts usually remain clear regardless of environment or weather conditions such as rain.

Better peripheral vision. Though sports eyeglasses can be made with large, wraparound-style lenses, most prescription eyeglasses have small, relatively flat lenses and small frames. This significantly limits peripheral vision essential for many sports.

Unobstructed field of view. Contact lenses also provide a wide, unobstructed field of view, because no eyeglass frames block or distort what you see. You can view more of your surroundings and react faster to objects coming at you and to other players around you. You also can more easily see and react to ground balls or other objects at your feet.

More stable vision. When you wear eyeglasses, you can feel frames move slightly on your face with each stride. And you can have vision disturbances with eyeglasses when you run. With contact lenses, you also don't need to worry about eyeglasses sliding down your nose or falling off.

Performance enhancing contacts in action 2/2To reduce glare and improve contrast when playing sports, you might want to consider custom-tinted soft contact lenses. These lenses selectively filter light rays to give you greater visual comfort and help you react faster to objects (such as a baseball or soccer ball) coming your way.

Though most athletes who need corrective lenses wear soft contacts, GP lenses also are an option. These contacts, also called rigid gas permeable or RGP lenses, are designed for full-time wear and have several advantages over soft contact lenses.