If you consider yourself a serious athlete, then you are likely familiar with the concept of trying to achieve perfection.
No matter what sport you play, there is no doubt that repetition and muscle memory are important – whether it’s pulling off the perfect twists and flips while diving, or swinging a bat with expert form.
However, there are certain aspects of performance that you can’t perfect on your own, such as your vision. Poor vision can be extremely costly in a number of different sports, which is why it’s necessary to find a means of correcting your vision that helps you to see more clearly without inhibiting your ability to stay active and aggressive.
Many athletes, such as former Leicester Tigers flanker Lewis Moody (pictured), find that contact lenses can be of great assistance with this task. Consider the following specific examples of times that corrected vision can be helpful in sports.
• Basketball – While the ball itself is big enough to have a fairly easy time passing and catching without great vision, shooting is a different story. For those who don’t play basketball, it may come as somewhat of a surprise that the net is actually a major focal point for shooters. In fact, if you take away the net, most shooters will struggle much more to hit shots with just the rim. Similarly, being able to view the net, and whole basket, with the utmost clarity can affect each and every shot.
• Cricket – There is perhaps no greater example in sports for the importance of clear, strong vision than cricket. Not only do batters need to be able to focus on cricket balls hurtling toward them at upwards of 80 mph, but fielders also need to be able to track balls through the air and on the ground. With blurry or imperfect vision – or even with glasses that become clouded or smeared – this can be nearly impossible.
Really, the examples go on and on. In any sport that involves throwing or catching, or even gauging distance, vision is of the utmost importance.
And many athletes don’t even fully realize how much they could benefit from contact lenses until they’ve experienced a specific problem.
Additionally, other athletes try to make do with glasses or recreational prescription goggles, but while these can work in some situations, they are also prone to cloudiness and displacement.
For the most comfortable and versatile form of corrective vision that will allow you to more freely and see as well as you need to, contact lenses are usually the best options for athletes.