Whether it’s keeping your eye on a curve ball, lining up the perfect putt or staying on track when sat behind the wheel, eyesight is highly important in the world of sport – but what if you don’t have 20/20 vision?
Glasses and contact lenses aren’t always at home on the sports field. Here are just five sports where you need perfect vision, but may struggle to achieve it with these conventional methods.
Entering a scrum without your full range of vision would be foolish to say the least, but glasses or contact lenses generally don’t appear on the rugby pitch. The reason for this is simple. It’s a rough sport, meaning glasses could fall off, become dislodged or break and cause damage during play while contact lenses could slip out of place and cause damage to the eye.
2. Motor sports
Pumped full of adrenalin and action-packed, those who sit behind the wheel of high-powered vehicles must be able to see where they’re going for obvious reasons. Glasses or contact lenses are usually suitable for this sport, but the risk of dislodgment is still present and can cause problems mid-race.
The aquatic environment associated with watersports already has its fair share of challenges – but what about your vision? When diving or swimming, it is vital that you can see where you’re going and identify any potential risks, but glasses may not fit properly under diving masks and your vision may be distorted further when entering the water with contact lenses.
4. Martial arts
As a contact sport that involves a lot of movement, martial arts are another area where you need 20/20 vision. The action is fast-paced and occurs in close quarters, making your short-range vision important, but you also need strong peripheral vision to react quickly.
Due to the risks associated with wearing glasses or contact lenses in this sport, most martial arts do not allow participants to wear any form of eyewear, which can obviously be a huge limitation.
5. Winter sports
When hurtling down the slopes at break-neck speed, being unable to see where you’re going is naturally very dangerous. Unfortunately, glasses can fog up and may not fit properly under a ski mask. Irritation from the environment can be experienced when wearing contact lenses, with brisk temperatures and high speeds resulting in a lack of moisture.
What can you do?
As shown above, the risks of wearing glasses and contact lenses in certain sports is high – but how can you achieve 20/20 vision without using these aids? Laser eye surgery has become a buzzword in the sports world, with numerous famous athletes undergoing the treatment to raise their game.
The cost of laser eye surgery is far more reasonable than you might expect and recovery times are rapid. While certain sports, such as diving, require a slightly longer recuperation period (due to the pressures experienced at certain depths), other sports let you get straight back on the horse – both literally and metaphorically.