Summer sports

Are you the next Andy Murray? Want to cycle to victory? Or perhaps you long to play in the next World Cup?

There is no better time than the summer to get out and get active, we’re urging budding sports stars to remember to look after their eyes this summer, don’t let poor eye sight stop your sporting dreams. Optometrist Malcolm McPherson has some top tips to keep your eyes safe for all your summer sporting events:

  • If you’re playing sport outdoors during the summer make sure you wear sunglasses – UV rays can damage the retina, potentially leading to a number of eye conditions, including Age Related Macular Degeneration – they don’t need to be expensive, but make sure that they comply with the safety standard BS EN ISO 12312-1:2013, or are made by a reputable manufacturer and contain the CE mark
  • If you normally wear glasses make sure you get a pair of prescription sunglasses – it’s important your vision is as good as it can be when playing sport, especially games, like tennis, that rely on excellent hand eye coordination
  • If you’re taking a dip then make sure you wear goggles to protect your eyes from chlorine, which can irritate the eyes. If you normally wear contact lenses then take them out before swimming to reduce risk of infection from organisms in the water
  • If you’re a keen cyclist consider wearing glasses with polarised lenses – these are good for eliminating reflective glare from wet road surfaces. Similarly, photochromatic lenses are also useful for cycling on days when the weather is mixed as the lenses change colour with the light, becoming darker in bright sunlight and lighter when it’s overcast – perfect for the British summer!

“By following these top tips we hope everyone will be able to get out there and get active. Not only will these tips help people keep their eyes safe, by using specific eyewear designed for their chosen sport they can even enhance their vision – which could make all the difference between winning and losing.”