Contact Lenses and Sports

Whether it’s football, basketball, hockey, running or golf, we all want to be at the top of our game when we train and when we compete. Even when we have a casual game with friends, we’d still like to have as many little advantages as possible. Vision-wise, it’s possible to gain an edge when you switch from glasses to contact lenses for your sporting exploits.

Why are contact lenses better than glasses for playing sports?

Contact lenses offer a number of benefits for playing sports when compared to glasses, and could be the ideal choice for your visual correction when you’re out on the field or court.

First and foremost, contact lenses offer the freedom to run about without having to worry about spectacles slipping off your face. They very rarely fall out, meaning you can just pop a set of lenses in and get involved in the game.

You’ll also find you’ll have an improved field of vision, with no frames getting in the way of your peripheral view, while your lenses won’t fog up or get dirty, no matter what the weather conditions are.

Last but definitely not least, contact lenses are a safer choice. When you wear glasses, you’re always faced with the possibility that impact from the ball or another player could break your glasses, and put your eyes at risk of injury. While you should still watch where you’re going in the heat of the game, you won’t have to worry about the hazard that fragile glasses can pose.

Which contact lenses should I wear for sport?

The most popular contact lenses to play sports in tend to be daily contact lenses, or ‘dailies’, which some regular glasses wearers also rely on when they’re out on the court or field. You can apply a fresh pair of lenses before game time, then simply throw them away after to be sure of total hygiene.

Silicone hydrogel contact lenses are a great fit for most active lens wearers as the highly breathable material allows up to six times the amount of oxygen to reach the eye than with most other contacts. As well as keeping your eyes moist and fresh, they’re extra resistant to protein build-up, which reduces the risk of picking up any dirt or potential irritants during the game.

Alternatively, if you’re a regular wearer of monthly or two weekly contact lenses, taking a small bottle of solution with you can be a great idea to give your lenses a precautionary clean when you’re finished.

If you have any questions about sport and which contact lenses to wear, don’t hesitate to give email us at, and we’ll help you find the lenses for you.