People have been playing sports pretty much as long as we’ve been on this planet. Prehistoric cave paintings depicted wrestling matches, and the first-ever Olympic Games took place way back in 776 BC. Sports are fun, challenging, they foster communities, and they can provide great mental health benefits.
Sports can also feel like a huge pain in the butt when you first learn that you need vision correction. Most of us start out with glasses, especially if you’re a kid or teen when you get your first prescription. But if you’re the active type, it quickly becomes apparent that glasses can create unique problems on the field, court, or rink.
Improved comfort, performance, and safety in sports are all popular reasons to try contacts for the first time!
Let’s talk about the common questions that pop up about wearing contacts for sports.
Are contact lenses safe for sports?
Contacts are not only safe for sports, they’re often the safest eyewear option. Impact can cause glasses lenses or frames to break, which can result in cuts to your face or eye causing permanent damage. In sports like football, hockey, or rugby, contacts are definitely the safest option.
Contacts have another major advantage: peripheral vision. Where glasses only correct focus on what’s in front of you — and the frames create blind spots — contact lenses give you a full field of vision. A wider field of vision makes any sport from jogging to rock climbing safer, because you can spot more potential obstacles and hazards.
As long as you always clean your hands before touching your eyes or your contacts — and don’t wear contacts in the pool, ocean, or locker room shower — you’re good to go.
Daily contacts FTW!
As you might already know from experience, there are lots of other benefits to wearing contacts in sports:
- Contacts won’t fog up when you get hot and sweaty
- Properly fitted contacts don’t slip with vigorous movement and cause unstable vision
- Contacts are much less expensive to replace if they get damaged — and create less waste in both production and disposal!
No-fuss daily contacts are the smartest choice for sports, even if you normally wear bi-weekly or monthly lenses. Simply pack a spare pair and gentle hand wipes in your gear bag — then if your contact lens falls out or gets debris in it, you can quickly clean your hands and put in a new one. With bi-weekly or monthly contacts you’d also need to pack your lens case and solution, and potentially take an unwanted timeout for lens cleaning.
It’s easy to grab a trial of daily contacts, so you can gear up for your next event!
What if I have astigmatism?
If you have astigmatism, you might feel like your sports options are limited by prescription eyewear. Good news! You, too, can enjoy all the safety and vision benefits mentioned above, with toric contact lenses like Aveo Joy.
Read more: Can I Wear Contacts with Astigmatism?
Tips to play your best game with contacts
Whichever sport is your jam, you want to feel strong and confident from start to finish — and the last thing you need is to get interrupted by vision problems! Use these tips to maximize your play time.
Indoor sports ⛹️♀️ 🏸 ⛸️ 🏐
Basketball, badminton, squash, ice skating, indoor volleyball
Contacts are ideal for the fast, bouncy motion of court sports, because they won’t slip down your nose. Indoor air can be dry and irritating, so make sure to choose daily contacts that are extra hydrating. Keep a fresh pair of daily contacts and hand wipes close at hand, on your team bench, or wherever your gear bag is stowed.
Outdoor sports ⚾️ 🏌️⚽ 🏃♀️ 🎾 🚴♂️ 🏐 🏇 🥾
Baseball, golf, soccer, running, tennis, cycling, beach volleyball, equestrian, soft ball, hiking
The further you get from a locker or restroom, the more important it is to keep a spare pair of contacts nearby! Make sure you choose contacts with great UV protection for outdoor sports. The best part is that you can wear any non-prescription sunglasses that suit your sport — and your budget!
Contact sports 🏈 🏒 🏉 🤼
Football, hockey, rugby, wrestling, roller derby
Whether it’s dirt, grass, or other players flying at you, these sports make contacts a necessity for athletes who need vision correction. Always ensure your contacts are the right fit so you have maximum visual awareness and clarity at all times. If you do get something in your eye, don’t touch it until you’re safely clear of gameplay and can clean your hands.
Water sports 🏊 🏄 🚣 🌊
Swimming, surfing, scuba diving, stand up paddling, kayaking
When it comes to water sports, prescription goggles are recommended over contacts because any kind of water exposure can lead to dangerous eye infections. If you just have to try a spontaneous surf lesson while on vacay, remove your contacts immediately afterward. With affordable daily contacts that you can easily toss and replace, there’s no excuse to risk damaging your eyes!
Snow sports ❄️ ⛷
Contacts are perfect for snow sports, because they don’t fog up in wintery conditions. Choose contacts with UV protection, and combine them with polarized goggles or sunglasses to reduce harmful glare from snow and ice. Keep a spare pair in your inner jacket or pants pocket if you’re hitting the slopes in extremely cold regions. It takes sub-zero temperatures to freeze contact lens solution, but better safe than sorry!
Extreme sports 🧗 🚵 🛹
Rock climbing, bouldering, mountain biking, skateboard bowls and ramps
The more intense your sport, the more important it is to have perfect vision! Extreme sports often mean you’re in constant motion and your hands are constantly occupied, so you can’t have glasses sliding around. The same is true for contacts: incorrectly sized or poorly manufactured lenses can slip and create dangerously blurred vision. Aveo contacts are made by robots, so every lens is a perfect fit.
What about fitness classes and the gym? 🧘 🏋️ 💪
Gym and studio activities like CrossFit, spinning, pilates, and yoga are awesome for cross-training, or as your primary form of fitness. The same benefits of daily contacts apply: no fogging up, more stable vision, and they won’t slip off your face as you slide into downward dog. And although you should never sleep with your contacts in, eye doctors also say that 5–10 minutes of eyes-closed shavasana is fine with contacts.