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What kind of correction do I need for Sports?

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What Kind of Correction Do I Need for Sports?



There are many options available to both adults and children when it comes to wearing corrective lenses (glasses and contact lenses) when engaged in physical activities. Below I will run down the different modalities and the pros and cons of each. 

Prescription Sports Goggles (i.e. Rec Specs)

The main benefits of goggles when playing sports are stability of vision and eye protection. When playing fast-moving sports, like basketball, soccer, rugby, etc., elbows, wrists, and heads are flying around at high speed, increasing risk of eye injury. The eyes and eye sockets can be protected when covered by shatter-proof lenses. Additionally, there is no worry of having a contact lens pop out of your eye, which can be quite a debilitating experience for some people. The main drawback to goggles is that they can be cumbersome, decrease peripheral vision, and fog up. Additionally, very high prescriptions might not be available to make due to frame limitations. On the whole, this is a very good option for many people. One additional advantage to sports goggles is that in many cases you can have the lens made out Transition glasses, so the lens darkens in sunlight and lighten up as it gets darker.

In New Jersey it is a requirement if a child is participating in organized sports that they wear sports goggles and not their regular “street glasses” while they are playing.  The exact requirements can be found Here

Contact Lenses

Far and away the best option for correction when playing sports is contact lenses, particularly soft contact lenses. Main benefits include full field of vision, no fogging of lenses, and obviously no unsightly, heavy glasses on your face. But where sports goggles shine, contact lenses fall short: higher risk of injury, possibly less stable vision (especially when wearing multifocal or astigmatic lenses), and the potential of a lens falling out during activities. With modern contact lenses, this rarely happens, however. Gas permeable (hard) lenses are not recommended for sports.

Wearing Nothing!

For those people whose prescriptions are not so high as to prevent proper functioning without correction, wearing no correction whatsoever is a fine choice. I’m often asked by parents whether their child absolutely needs to wear correction when they are playing sports. The answer is, it depends on how high the prescription is and the activity in which the child is engaged. If someone can see well enough to perform their tasks without being hindered, not wearing any correction is perfectly fine.  

There are plenty of options available for athletes. Stop in and see what the best option is for your particular needs. 
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