Whether you are a professional athlete, dancer or mountain climber, your vision correction needs probably stem from a desire to participate in and enjoy your favorite activities.
Contacts can be a real asset to athletes who rely on peripheral vision or need to wear equipment on their face.
In 1998, baseball fans all over the world saw baseball legend Mark McGwire break Roger Maris’s homerun record. McGwire’s optometrist since 1988, Dr. C. Stephen Johnson, designed special contact lenses to correct McGwire’s 20/500 visual acuity to better than 20/10.
Dr. Johnson also tinted McGwire’s contacts with the Softchrome® Yellow Sport Tint. McGwire endorses this special sport tint and states: “It allows me to see the ball crisper and shaper and reduces glare”. This tint is also popular with skeet and trap shooters as well as skiers.
If your patients have inquired about the Nike MaxSight lens, they may want to consider the Softchrome ® Amber Sport Tint which can be easily applied to the majority of soft contact lens materials and/or prescriptions. Softchrome offers various size iris diameters to further customize the patient’s needs. The Amber is particularly effective for golf and any sport where a reduction of glare and shadows is beneficial.
Tennis players may enjoy the advantage of the Softchrome Aqua-Teal Sport Tint that reduces glare, mutes background colors and provides a sharper image of the yellow ball.
Note: Sport tints should only be worn on daily-wear soft contact lenses and while actively participating in a particular sport and are not to be worn while driving or operating equipment. Keep in mind that an athlete may still require protection against injuries during contact sports no matter which type of vision correction he chooses. If there is any risk of being hit by a fast-moving ball or other object, eye protection is highly recommended whether you are wearing contacts or not. Some contact lenses offer protection from ultraviolet rays, but many do not. Sunglasses or goggles should be worn to protect the eyes in sunlight particularly where there is a lot of glare.
*Keep in mind that an athlete may still require protection against injuries during contact sports, no matter which type of vision correction he chooses. If there is any risk of being hit by a fast-moving ball or other object (as in racquetball, squash, hockey, etc.), eye protection is highly-recommended, whether you are wearing contacts or not. A polycarbonate eyeguard will not distort vision. While some manufacturers have developed contact lenses that offer protection from ultraviolet rays, many lenses do not. In any case, sunglasses or dark goggles should be worn to protect the eyes in sunlight outdoors, particularly in such sports as swimming, skiing or ice-skating where they may be a lot of glare.
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