April 5, 2012 at 17:13PM
There are several practical implications of wearing glasses and anyone who decides to undertake running will find that many of them come into play while practicing the sport.
Wearing contact lenses can overcome many of these problems, according to Gavin Rebello, who is an expert of sports vision.
He pointed out that the weather has an impact on spectacle wearers while running as if it is drizzling then the spots will affect vision, yet if it is too warm sweat will make glasses run off the bridge of the nose.
Mr Rebello said: "If you are aware of the runners around you it takes you up a gear. You tune into the momentum of your fellow colleagues. You can do that with contact lenses, whereas glasses restrict your peripheral vision there a little bit."
He pointed out that vision is incredibly important in a number of sports and in fact equates to 80 or 85 per cent of what is going on.
This is especially the case with ball sports, which is what has led him to work with the likes of Chloe Rogers the hockey player and pro-golfers Ignacio Garrido and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castagno in the past.
Mr Rebello said: "For something like running most people think: 'I can see so I should be fine' but actually it's about getting into the zone.
"So if you are not seeing as well as you possibly could do, if you tend to squint your eyes or frown your head to try and see a little bit better, that takes energy, that distracts you and then you can't get into the zone."
A number of sportspeople have turned to contact lenses in order to help them perform better and avoid being distracted.
With the London Marathon just around the corner, not to mention the Olympics, it something that athletes of all abilities may wish to consider.
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