Prescription contact lenses free us from many of the everyday hassles associated with glasses, and nowhere more so than in sports. Contact lenses can be especially great for teenagers involved in athletics.

Here are some ways that contact lenses can improve your game.

Better sports performance

Contact lenses cover much more of your field of vision than glasses do, increasing overall clarity and improving peripheral vision. Seven of ten children surveyed in a 2010 report by the American Optometric Association said they performed better in their sports when wearing contacts rather than glasses.

Ball & racquet sports

Sports that involve agility and quick movements are great with prescription contacts, which don’t slip off your field of vision (or fall away altogether) in pivotal moments.

Contact and extreme sports

Extreme sports and rough, high-contact sports (such as wrestling and football) are tough enough without worrying about getting injured by your own glasses.

Racing sports

Contact lenses stay on to give you sharp vision even at high speeds, and increase your field of view so that you can see who’s coming up behind you.

Increased comfort

Wearing contact lenses during workouts or competitions means freedom from the distraction of slipping frames and the worry of losing your glasses. You can focus on the game, not on managing your eyewear.

Advances in contact lens technology may also offer athletes more comfort. Disposable contacts give you a fresh, smooth surface every day to reduce irritation. New generations of silicone hydrogel contact lenses improve gas permeability, giving your eyes more access to oxygen for better vision, while still maintaining wettability and comfort.

Better protection for your eyes

In addition to removing the risk of eye injury from broken or shattered glasses, contact lenses for sports can help make it easier for you to protect your eyes during play. Contact lenses also keep you safe by making it easier to wear helmets and protective goggles that shield your eyes from UV and blunt force damage.

Contact lenses with sports can help make your game a better and more enjoyable experience. Talk to your eye doctor about the contact lenses that are best suited for your sport.


Nothing in this article is to be construed as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the recommendations of medical professional. For specific questions, please see your eye care practitioner.

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