Seeing in the Water - Swim and Dive with Contacts
Human vision is totally relevant in all sports. Your visual faculties and abilities affect your performance in any sport you play, and even the acquisition of motor skills. During sports, the attempt to observe rapid movements means a great demand and reliance on the human vision. Visual fixations are important in sports. For the uninitiated, visual fixation is when both eyes are focused on an object that gets our visual attention. The focus of visual field is limited. To get a better idea, you'll notice that as you read these words and you focus on just one word, the words on the left and right are not in focus. These blurred words are in your peripheral vision.
When playing sports, water sports in particular, peripheral vision is of the utmost importance. In activities like diving, water skiing, water volley, wakeboarding, surfing, for instance, there isn't any space or time to make mistakes due to the lack of peripheral vision. Spectacles, in that case, are more of a hassle than an aid in your water sports performance. Contact lenses also provide superior depth perception - something which is essential for sports like diving and snorkeling.
More than 5 out of 10 of us are not lucky enough to have 20/20 vision. But that shouldn't stop you from having all the fun that your perfect-vision counterparts have, even in the water. Enter one of the best inventions in the world - soft contact lenses. With the latest in contact lens technology, and the freedom of not having to wear spectacles, there's practically nothing you cannot do - in and out of the water!
Water sports like wakeboarding, surfing and canoeing are essentially water sports, though most of the times, your head (and thus, eyes) stay above the water. Which makes contact lenses (like 1 • Day ACUVUE® MOIST®, for instance) the best bet for providing superb sports performance.
Do's and Dont's of Wearing Contacts in the Water
If you swim with your lenses on, DO wear snug-fitting goggles. A good pair of goggles will keep any trace of water out of your eyes, preventing your lenses from being washed out of your eyes.
If your soft contact lenses become wet from pool water and suction themselves to the eye (this can happen due to the different concentrations of salt and minerals within the lens fluid and the pool water), don't panic and try to force the lenses out of your eyes. DO wait for the lenses to regain their original shape before extracting them from your eyes.
DO favour daily contact lenses over monthly or bi-weekly contact lenses. They're more convenient to replace if you were to lose them during sporting activities. 1 • DAY ACUVUE®, 1 • DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE™, 1 • DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® are good options for water sports.
DO make sure your goggles are water-tight, when partaking in sports like diving, swimming and snorkeling. This assures that your contact lenses will not be washed out by the sea water.
DON'T touch your eyes with dirty fingers, especially during sports.