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Jan 11, 22

Five top athletes who wear contact lenses while playing, and what they see

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Whether you’re team Djokovic or not, he’s going to play on the court, so Lenstore has put together a campaign to see what it’s like from the tennis superstar’s perspective.

In 2020, 59% of the UK population wore glasses. Those who rely on glasses to see may have encountered many situations where glasses stopped them from doing something when this doesn’t need to be the case. Opting for contacts can be a safer, easier option, where you don’t have to compromise on what you’re doing.

In fact, many famous athletes including Novak Djokovic rely on their contact lenses as a trusty alternative.

To raise awareness for those that feel restricted with certain activities due to their glasses, online contact lens retailer, Lenstore, have recreated what athletes’ career-defining moments would have looked like without contacts, as well as sharing expert advice on how to look after your own eyes and lenses to stay in top condition.

The above shows you what Djokovic would see when serving up his A-game on the court with and without his contacts.

You can see through the eyes of these top athletes here: https://www.lenstore.co.uk/eyecare/celebrities-who-wear-contact-lenses.

• Novak Djokovic - World-renowned tennis superstar Novak Djokovic (34) has won 86 ATP singles titles, five ATP Finals titles, and a record 37 ATP Masters titles. He can credit part of his incredible success to his 20/20 vision, provided by his contact lenses.
• Cristiano Ronaldo - Hailed as one of the greatest footballers of all time, Ronaldo needs no introduction. What you may not know is that the footballing superstar wears contact lenses to ensure he can perform at his best level on the pitch.
• Katarina Johnson-Thompson - 28-year-old Olympic champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson, is best known for her success on track and field. The athlete recently broke the British record in the 2019 World Championships, winning herself a gold medal.
• David De Gea - Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has enjoyed many career-defining moments during the course of his sporting life. De Gea relies on the use of contact lenses when on the pitch, helping him to keep his eye on the ball.
• Lydia Ko - Lydia Ko is a Korean-born New Zealand professional golf player. At just 24, she was the youngest person ever to win a professional golf tour event and the youngest person ever to win an LPGA tour.
NHS guidance on eye care includes the following:

• Always wash, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly before touching your lenses.
• Only wear your contact lenses for the recommended time as highlighted on the box.
• Always have an up-to-date pair of glasses for when you take your lenses out.
• Book in regular contact lens check-ups, even if everything seems ok.
• Get advice straight away if you’re having any problems with your contact lenses, such as sore, red or swollen eyes. If this happens, remove your lenses until you are told it is safe to start using them again.

In addition to this, Sujata Paul, Optician FBDO/CL and Professional Services Clinical Lead at Lenstore, advises:

• Avoid exposing contact lenses to any sources of water, since the bacteria in water can cause serious harm to eye health, potentially leading to loss of vision.
• Be cautious when it comes to hair products and make-up since residual products from these products can be transferred onto the lenses and cause problems.

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