Obviously, different activities will benefit from certain lenses dependent on how long the sport lasts, the environment in which it happens and the amount of physical contact involved.

Generally speaking, soft contact lenses are the best for sport as they move less on the eyeball than rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses. 

In addition, they are less likely to become dislodged.  RGP lenses are entirely unsuitable for contact sports, such as rugby. Daily disposable soft lenses are an excellent choice as they are designed for part-time wear and are disposed of straight after use, thus avoiding the hassle of the cleaning and disinfecting which you need with re-usable lenses.

For endurance events such as mountaineering or rally driving and in environments where lens handling is not practical, you should use lenses approved for extended or flexible wear, such as highly oxygen-permeable silicone hydrogel lenses.In some sports statutory regulations will apply. 

Glasses are prohibited in rugby, for example, and neither glasses nor contact lenses are allowed to be worn in amateur boxing.  

In other sports, such as squash, protective eyewear is either mandatory or recommended.  In addition, you should not use contact lenses for swimming or water sports unless wearing tight-fitting goggles over the top and even then the lenses should be discarded immediately after the activity.

For more advice on what lenses you should be wearing for your chosen sport, call into 114 Northgate Street or ring on 01452 410494 to make an appointment.


CV-19 Contingency Service

We are able to offer an emergency service for the following optical services: 

  • Urgent eye or vision related problems
  • Lost or damaged spectacle replacements or repairs
  • Contact lens supply
  • GP referrals or recommendations
  • Collection of outstanding goods

Please note:

All initial consultations will be by telephone. An agreed action plan will be initiated with a view to minimise direct contact for yours and our safety.

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