Sport & Vision: Don’t let poor eye sight stop your sporting dreams.

  • If you’re playing sport outdoors during the summer make sure you wear sunglasses – UV rays can damage the retina, potentially leading to a number of eye conditions, including Age Related Macular Degeneration – they don’t need to be expensive, but make sure that they comply with the safety standard BS EN ISO 12312-1:2013, or are made by a reputable manufacturer and contain the CE mark
  • If you normally wear glasses make sure you get a pair of prescription sunglasses – it’s important your vision is as good as it can be when playing sport, especially games, like tennis, that rely on excellent hand eye coordination
  • If you’re swimming then make sure you wear goggles to protect your eyes from chlorine, which can irritate the eyes. If you normally wear contact lenses then take them out before swimming to reduce risk of infection from organisms in the water
  • If you’re a keen cyclist consider wearing glasses with polarised lenses – these are good for eliminating reflective glare from wet road surfaces. Similarly, photochromatic lenses are also useful for cycling on days when the weather is mixed as the lenses change colour with the light, becoming darker in bright sunlight and lighter when it’s overcast.



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