It is not uncommon for those who exercise while wearing contact lenses to have complaints about noticeably irritated, reddened eyes after a workout or sporting session. Eyes are susceptible to natural elements that inevitably increase dry eyes (basic air pollutants, tear absorption, etc.). This is only made worse when combined with the wearing of contact lenses that hug the eye and, in particular, worsen tear absorption.
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Those looking for the perfect compromise between an all-natural fitness workout and perfect vision would probably be most comfortable with soft contact lenses that are less likely to fall out of the eye or produce mucky build-up that could be bothersome post-workout. However, it should be noted that wearing contacts during exercise activities like cycling includes a risk of dry eye, which means eye drops should be used before and/or after the workout. An alternative to these contact lenses, in the case of people leery of inserting contact lenses, would be prescription sporting goggles that, while costly, should be effective.
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In the case of something more strenuous like weight lifting, exercisers should be wary of donning contact lenses that restrict access to oxygen. Studies have shown the activity of weight lifting to dramatically increase intraocular pressure within the eye as a result of reduced amounts of breathing during training. What this means for your eye health, is an increased chance of developing Glaucoma. If contact lenses are deemed necessary for weight lifting, it would be best advised to go for a rigid gas permeable lens that allows a free flow of oxygen to the eye.
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Alternatively, if your fitness activity involves something like confrontational types of sports, opt to wear a soft lens that is unlikely to fall out of the eye even when faced with pressure from heavy physical contact. Again, the best alternative here is protective prescription goggles.
Of course, your choice of contact lenses during physical activity can be best determined through conversation with a medical professional. Seek out advice from your optometrist or optician for the options that work best for you.
David Kay is a blogger for BuyMoreContacts, an online site offering cheap contact lenses from top brands including air optix aqua.