Finding the Right Contact Lenses for your Type of Fitness


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.

(image from

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.

(image from

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.

(image from

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.

This entry was posted in Exercise, Good Health, Weight Loss and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

10 Responses to Finding the Right Contact Lenses for your Type of Fitness

  1. Emmanuel says:

    This is good. I am practicing a little of Boxing and Aikido so i sweat all the time heavily. I think this would help because my eyes feels a little blur and i think i need these kind of contacts but i think i need to go first to a medical professional to determine what kind and what would be best for my eyes. I kinda like the colored ones because i got brown eyes. I wanted to try different colors. These would happen after the tests i still have to go through.
    Thanks for this tips.

  2. Eye Doctor NJ says:

    It’s really a problem – you certainly can do sports in glasses either – either wear goggles over your lenses or get prescription goggles

  3. Swimming in glasses is a problem – wearing watertight goggles over lenses is perfect

  4. Optometrist Flemington says:

    Prescription swimming goggles solves all the problems

  5. Water tight goggles only keeps you from losing your lenses – that’s not an answer for serious swimmers who are actually exerting themselves. Prescription goggles are best for swimming and all other sports too. If lenses must be worn it must be rigid gas permeable lenses.

  6. Hoover Wind Tunnel says:

    I used to wear contact lenses but developed an eye infection and nearly lost my sight as a result, care really needs to taken as sight is very precious.

    Webmaster of Hoover Wind Tunnel UH70120 Bagless Vacuum

  7. Optometrist Atlanta says:

    Lasik surgery may be the final answer to let you for get that you ever needed glasses or contacts

  8. Liam Anderson says:

    I am not comfortable of wearing contact lenses during a practice since I often wipe the side of my eyes. What I just do is I use eyeglasses during my practice, and then use my contact lenses after.

  9. Seth Bocchi says:

    Quality of vision correction is one area where contact lenses are superior to glasses no matter who you are. Since the lens part of contact lenses sits directly on your eye and covers the seeing part of your eye completely, you will have corrected vision all around, including to the top, bottom, and sides, whereas with glasses, there is no correction for your peripheral vision. That can be problematic for activities like driving, or if the quality of your vision is important in your profession.”`

    Most up-to-date short article provided by our own web-site

  10. Ted Muegge says:

    Ophthalmologists are physicians. They went to medical school. After school, they had a one-year internship and a residency of three or more years.`,`;

    Best regards

Leave a Reply