For anybody in need of eyesight correction, trying to find a method that works whilst enabling you to maintain a fitness regime can be tricky.
Conventional eyeglasses have their uses in day-to-day life and are a one-shot payment deal compared to lens plans. However, when it comes to exercising, glasses can often prove tricky objects, especially those needing to wear them constantly.
When moving around, such as when running, eyeglasses tend to move around and can often fall off, potentially damaging or completely breaking them and leaving you stranded.
In America, around 75% of adults use some method of vision correction in an industry worth around $35 billion. Of these, just 11% of adults use contact lenses as their method of choice.
On the face of it, contact lenses then seem like the ideal alternative to glasses. After all, you’ll have nothing on your head likely to fall off and break, meaning they appear to be far more convenient.
Perhaps you’re looking at making the transition to contact lenses, either full-time or whilst you’re exercising. Maybe, however, you’re a little more undecided, and wondering ‘can I exercise with contact lenses?’
Here are some top tips for anybody looking to maintain a fitness plan whilst wearing contact lenses.
Hydration, hydration, hydration:
When exercising, we sweat more. The more we sweat, the more chance we have of sweat entering our eyes.
Because sweat is salty, it has the potential to irritate our eyes. This issue is made doubly important when dehydrated, as dehydration can cause the tears in our eyes to evaporate quicker.
Our eyes rely on a tear film acting as a natural moisturizer, and if this layer is taken away, it can lead to something known as dry eyes – which can feel quite uncomfortable.
There are a couple of things you can do to minimise the risk of dry eyes.
First, ensure you’re properly hydrated before you begin exercising. By doing so, you’ll reduce the salt within your sweat, which won’t have as much of an impact if it gets into your eyes.
Second, investing in sweatbands can be a good idea, either to be worn on the wrist or around the head. They’ll help absorb sweat and reduce the amount that falls into your eyes.
If you do start to suffer the effects of dry eye, artificial tear drops will provide enough moisture to lessen the symptoms.
Try not to get your lenses wet:
Whilst keeping hydrated is important, it’s also important not to get your contact lenses wet. For instance, it is recommended not to swim whilst wearing contact lenses.
Swimming pools, rivers, oceans, etc contain many different microorganisms, viruses, and bacteria. One of these bacteria is acanthamoeba, which is commonly found in many different bodies of water.
If acanthamoeba enters your eye, it will latch itself onto your contact lens, causing the surface of the
eye to become inflamed and infected with a condition caused acanthamoeba keratitis.
Additionally, contact lenses are great at absorbing water. Unfortunately, this can lead to them becoming misshapen, causing your vision to become blurry and uncomfortable to wear.
If you still want to swim wearing contact lenses, it is highly recommended to wear daily contact lenses coupled with watertight goggles to prevent any water from entering your eye.
Ensure you have the right contact lens:
Choosing the right lens for your needs can be a little challenging, and a few myths are floating around. For example, you might have heard that lenses require too much looking after or they’re expensive.
Whilst it is true monthly lenses do require cleaning and are stored in a solution, daily disposables are maintenance-free. Moreover, you can purchase dailies in bulk – meaning you can wear them whenever needed and with no wastage.
Daily lenses mean you can wear them for an exercise session, remove them before hitting the showers and dispose of them – meaning they are an ideal candidate.
As a tip, it is probably a good idea to remove your lenses post-workout and put some drops in your eyes after to rinse them before using a new set of lenses.
Although you might have heard rumors saying you cannot work out with contact lenses, this is simply not true. Due care needs to be taken to ensure your eyes and lenses are looked after and choosing the right lens and hydration can be key to this.
Daily lenses make for the optimum lenses for anyone trying to maintain a fitness regime, as they’re disposable and require a lot less maintenance than monthlies and mean that anyone needing to wear them can keep fit.