Essential viewing

While this post’s title could be used for a post on Breaking Bad (I can’t wait to escape work tonight and watch the final episode), it’s actually a post about contact lenses. Not only have they made a massive difference to my snowboarding (being able to see lumps and bumps in the piste before I hit them was a massive boost to my ability to survive riding at speed on the mountain) but I have to admit I don’t think I could run without them….especially as I start to increase my time on trails, where it is really important to be able to see what’s coming up so you can adjust your stride and take avoiding action in plenty of time.

For avid, experienced joggers as well as those looking into establishing a running routine for the first time, comfort is of the utmost importance. This is why runners spend so much time looking for the right clothing and shoes, comparing Nike and ADIDAS and the like, and why different runners have different preferences regarding where they run. There are many factors that play into a runner’s comfort while exercising – but among them, perhaps the most important is corrective vision.

Namely, most runners ultimately find that running regularly with eyeglasses on can be a bother for a variety of reasons. Contact lenses aren’t for everybody, but if your eyes tolerate them well enough and you have access to them, you may ultimately benefit from wearing them for your workouts. Here are just a few of the reasons that contact lenses are essential for running comfort, as well as health.

  • Flexibility – When you wear glasses, in any sport or athletic activity, they will almost certainly be slipping and sliding around on your face, causing general irritation and frustration, not to mention less than ideal vision. Particularly during a jog, the constant up and down motion will cause your glasses to slide down your nose (especially once you’re good and sweaty!). Contacts can help you to avoid these unnecessary issues entirely.
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  • UV Protection – If you’re one who likes to run outside, and you wear glasses during your run, you’re exposing your eyes to potentially harmful UV rays (as it’s difficult to wear sunglasses over your normal eyeglasses). Once you’re used to contacts, however, you can look into purchasing lenses that actually protect your eyes from UV rays. Visit ACUVUE for valuable information on such products.
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  • Peripheral Vision – Glasses quite naturally limit your field of vision, as they do not provide you with a full range. With glasses on, you might not be as aware of your surroundings as you need to be, and you may find yourself needing to consistently adjust them on your face for the vision you need. With contacts, however, you have a full range of vision, and won’t have to worry about peripherals (so you won’t miss that troublesome tree root poking up from your running path!).
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  • Clarity – Finally, with contact lenses your vision won’t fog up or become obscured. If you run in glasses – particularly outside – you can find the lenses fogged up from weather, sweat, etc., and you can even get them scratched, or rained on in a way that obscures your vision. Again, contacts eliminate this issue entirely, allowing you to guarantee yourself absolute clarity.
  • So while there are many factors involved in prepping for a comfy run, they’re pretty much irrelevant if you can’t see where you are heading and end up running into a lamp-post before you reach the end of your road! This is why contact lenses are absolutely essential for my (& your) running routine!

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