R C Arnold Optometrists and Contact lens Providers
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Sports Eyewear

Sports Spectacles, Sunglasses and Sports Goggles.

We stock a wide range of prescription and non-prescription sports eyewear from all the top brands. We also have the experience to be able to give you the best advice about which eyewear you should be using for your sport and discussing all the alternatives.

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Do you need High Performance Sports Eyewear?

Choosing the right visual aid for your sport is just as important as choosing the right sports clothing, equipment and accessories. Even if you are not a spectacle wearer, eye protection is often essential.

Choice is important, we want you to perform at your best, protect your eyes and look good too!

Sports Goggles, Spectacles and Sunglasses

All sports eyewear spectacle frames are specifically designed to be stylish, lightweight and comfortable whilst offering premium fit for security and often offer polycarbonate or impact resistant lenses. Glass lenses are not recommended for use in sports eyewear, but if you have no choice but to use glass lenses then they should be laminated or toughened for enhanced safety.

If you are an outdoor sports enthusiast – be it skiing, cycling, sailing or even fishing, anti-reflective coatings on the lenses are a must and a tint may give better contrast and comfort to give you the best possible vision. Indoor sports goggles and spectacles also benefit from antiglare lenses but should not be tinted.

The fitting of sports spectacles, sunglasses and goggles is of great importance since lenses perform best when located in the correct position in relation to the eye. One method to secure the spectacles is by using an elasticated sports band and side pieces which curl behind the ears. Metal frames should be fitted with a padded bridge. If your sport is particularly active, then sports goggles might be your best option.

Of course, if your sport is sub aqua/scuba diving, then goggles are essential and prescription goggles can make all the difference to your enjoyment of each dive.

Contact Lenses

High impact sports mean that spectacles are not always the right option, and it would be impractical to use spectacles in sports where the lenses are likely to steam up and get very wet. In these conditions contact lenses may well be the solution for you.

Many professional and non professional sports men and women rely on contact lenses for crystal clear vision. Often, contact lenses are used on a part time basis for sports and leisure only, with spectacles being worn for the majority of the working week.

Another Alternative - Orthokeratology (Ortho K)

If your sport involves swimming or immersion in water then contact lenses are not recommended. In order to avoid the risk of contamination you should never swim whilst wearing contact lenses. However, in this case, depending upon your prescription you may be able to take advantage of Ortho K Technology and enjoy the freedom from wearing contact lenses or spectacles during the day.

Recently there has been huge interest in Orthokeratology – a safe and successful alternative to conventional contact lens wear, spectacles and a reversible alternative to Laser corrective surgery.

The highly specialised, bespoke overnight wear Orthokeratology lenses float on the tears whilst you are asleep and gently remould the surface shape for the cornea to correct short sight. Simply remove and store the lenses in the morning and enjoy clear and comfortable sight all day long.

Laser Surgery

Of course you may look for a more permanent solution such as laser surgery. We are able to give advice and inform you of your suitability and the pro's and con's of this procedure as well as provide all the aftercare necessary to ensure it is a success.