Why playing sports with glasses or contact lenses may increase your risk of blindness

Participating in sports is an excellent way to stay fit and active. But if you wear glasses or contact lenses, then you may be putting yourself at greater risk of eye injury or even blindness. LASIK eye surgery could provide an effective solution for athletes who want to reduce their potential for vision-threatening injuries. Let’s take a closer look at the risks associated with playing sports while wearing traditional eyewear, and the benefits of LASIK.

Glasses pose a risk during sports activities

Glasses can easily become dislodged during activities such as running, jumping, and other fast-paced movements. When this happens, they can obstruct your view, making it difficult to see the ball or your opponent. Additionally, glasses can cause cuts and abrasions on your face or head if they slip off during play. This puts you at risk of serious injury if a hard object hits them while they are off center.

Contact lenses can be uncomfortable when you exercise

Contact lenses may seem like a more suitable option than glasses when participating in sports activities due to their unobstructed field of vision and lack of weight on the face. However, contact lenses can cause discomfort during exercise due to the dryness that often occurs when engaging in strenuous physical activity. This dryness means that contacts can be uncomfortable for hours after exercising without proper care and maintenance; thus, leading to potential eye damage over time if not taken care of properly. Lastly, you should never swim with contact lenses.

LASIK is ideal if you’re active and want protection from injury

Fortunately, there is an alternative that offers enhanced protection from injury while also providing clear vision during physical activity: laser eye surgery (LASIK). LASIK is an outpatient procedure that involves reshaping the cornea so that light entering the eye is properly focused onto the retina; resulting in sharper vision without corrective eyewear or contacts. With no objects covering your eyes or obstructing your view while playing sports, you are much less likely to experience vision-related injuries as a result of flying objects such as balls or bats, when playing sports, hitting their eyewear. This could be potentially blinding!

LASIK provides clear vision without any obstruction from eyewear — so you won’t have to worry about losing sight because of your glasses slipping off during sports or exercise! So if you’re an active person looking for a permanent solution that will provide you with maximum protection against injury, while playing sports — choose LASIK!

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Dr. Bennett Chotiner is the founder and medical director of Memorial Eye Institute. A noted innovator, in 1977 he established his clinical practice, the Pennsylvania Eye Associates. In 1984, he established the Pennsylvania Eye Surgery Center, Pennsylvania’s first …

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M.D., F.A.C.S.


Erik Chotiner, M.D. diagnoses and treats a wide range of medical eye conditions. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Franklin and Marshall College. Dr. Chotiner attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where he received multiple awards including the Physiology Prize for …

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