Are Snowboarders Having Trouble With Their Vision?

It’s already February, which means that the winter sports season is slowly coming to an end. If you’re an avid snowboarder or skier, you know that these are thrilling winter sports that require a combination of mental and physical agility. To be able to do this effectively, you need to be able to see clearly. Did you know that approximately 3.5 million Canadians use contact lenses for vision correction? Imagine how many of them wear contacts when snowboarding. Those that wear contact lenses when on the slopes often experience some unique challenges with their eyes and contacts. 

If you enjoy skiing or snowboarding regularly, you may want to consider lasik eye surgery. This could make your experience on the slopes a lot easier. Some common issues snowboarders face when wearing contacts on the slopes include:

  1. Lens discomfort: Snowboarding is a sport that is physically demanding, which can cause contact to move out of place, causing blurriness or vision loss until it is back in place.  
  2. Dry eyes: Cold, dry air on the slopes can cause the eyes to become dry and irritated, which can be uncomfortable and irritating to the eyes. You may need to carry eye drops to help relieve this discomfort. 
  3. Foggy lenses: To prevent dry eyes, avoid getting snow in our eyes, and see clearer, we often choose to wear snow goggles. These, too, can get foggy, preventing snowboarders from seeing clearly. Having clear vision, to begin with, you may be able to take off these goggles when they get blurry and continue going down the slopes with ease.
  4. Lost lenses: Since snowboarding is a high-speed sport, contact lenses can move and even fall out of the eyes. You may have to look around for them or bring a spare pair with you, although it may be challenging to put them on while on the slopes. 

Snowboarding is an enjoyable sport; however when wearing contact lenses while snowboarding has its set of challenges. Lasik surgery can prevent vision discomfort for all sporting activities, especially winter and water sports, where contacts are more likely to get lost. Imagine losing a contact lens in the middle of a run. How would you get down if you can’t see clearly? You may need to seek help from the people around you. 

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Do you have questions about laser eye surgery? Contact BoydVision to book your LASIK surgery consultation today, our experienced Ophthalmologist would be happy to give you more information and discuss the best option for you.