When it comes to sport and athletic endeavour, contact lenses are a necessity for people who might otherwise be wearing glasses to correct their vision.
But one thing to keep in mind - that you may not immediately think of - is that your choice of contact lens can have a significant impact on the flow of oxygen to the eye.
That is according to sports vision specialist Gavin Rebello, who explained that it is important for people wearing lenses for sport to pick a pair that will let their eyes 'breathe'.
While oxygen canisters are a great way to keep your muscles oxygenised after a workout, eyes acquire much of their oxygen from the atmosphere, rather than the blood, he said.
"For sport, certainly if you are getting up to competitive, league level, oxygen is really important from a fitness and breathing point of view," Mr Rebello said.
The front of the eyes get their oxygen from the atmosphere, it doesn't get it from the heart blood supply. As soon as you put a contact lens on the eye, it is going to reduce the amount of oxygen reaching the front of the eye."
He said the most important thing is to seek advice from a qualified eye care professional when picking contact lenses for sport.
16/07/2012 17:40:32Subscribe to the News RSS feed