Playing sports in glasses can be very dangerous. Whilst wearing spectacles for some sporting activities isn’t like to lead to harm, glasses don’t mix with other sports very well at all. People who wear glasses shouldn’t be prevented from enjoying their favourite sports, and there are steps you can take to enjoy sports to the highest level even if you are a spectacle wearer.
The dangers of playing sports in glasses
A large number of professional sports people do wear glasses or contact lenses. This demonstrates that having problems with your vision doesn’t have to mean missing out on your favourite sporting activities. You shouldn’t wear glasses for most contact sports including football, hockey and rugby as the likelihood of the spectacles breaking is just too high. You may be able to switch to contact lenses if you do wish to enjoy certain sports, and it’s a good idea to consult your optometrist if you do require bespoke advice on playing sports in glasses.
You shouldn’t face any problems playing golf, tennis and cycling when it comes to playing sports in glasses. You may need to talk to your optometrist if you need to use corrective eyewear during exercise. They will be able to provide you with suitable classes for challenging exercise which feature lenses made from unsmashable polycarbonate, which means if your glasses are knocked off, you’re far less likely to sustain an injury. It’s not all about the lenses though – you may wish to obtain special glasses for exercise that feature extra-durable frames.
Do you need an extra pair?
If you are playing contact sports, you may wish to obtain an extra pair of special spectacles for these activities and keep your main pair away from the sports field. Glass lenses can cause significant damage to your eyes if they do break, and contact sports provide vast opportunities for dangerous clashes and falls to occur. Water sports like surfing require special eyewear such as goggles and plastic glasses. Certain sports like hockey will require you to don a full face mask which you may be able to wear prescription glasses under.
Without the right eye protection in place, you could end up with a fractured eye socket, loss of vision, a scratched cornea or even worse injuries. Talk to Accident Advice Helpline if you have sustained an injury on the sports field that wasn’t your fault. Call 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 (mobile) now.
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice