By Steve Roberts
Ortho-k lenses for sport which correct short-sightedness but are only worn at night while sleeping could provide the solution for Aston Villa's shot-shy team who remain just above the Premier League relegation zone. Manager Alex McLeish and Chief Medical Officer Dr Ian McGuinness enlisted eye specialists to carry out tests on Villa's players including exercises to improve their peripheral vision and general spatial awareness which has resulted in a number of players now wearing daytime contact lenses or, in some cases, glasses. Gabby Agbonlahor is one of the players who have opted to wear glasses off the pitch to improve his eyesight and feels this could help his on-field performances.
However, whilst the attention being paid to the players' vision is undoubtedly an important aspect of ensuring they can perform to their full potential, it appears that the treatment solutions being used do not include the new overnight ortho-k lenses . These revolutionary contact lenses correct short-sightedness whilst the wearer is asleep by gently flattening the surface of the eye to ensure that light focuses directly on to the retina rather than in front of it which is when distant objects look blurry. The correction effect lasts for over 24 hours so when the lenses are removed each morning, the wearer enjoys perfect natural vision all day long until the lenses are reinserted at night.
For sports participants like the Aston Villa players, being able to play without needing glasses or, even worse, daytime contact lenses which can dislodge during matches or dry out in windy conditions causing discomfort is a major advantage since it provides all the benefits of laser surgery but without the surgery. Most importantly, the players' vision is completely natural and allied with other sports vision techniques to improve on-field visual acuity can help players to raise their performance significantly. Increasingly, short-sighted sports participants who are uncomfortable with the option of laser surgery to get rid of glasses or daytime contact lenses are opting for ortho-k lenses to ensure they can perform at their peak.
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