By Michael Hutton
Contact lenses for sport worn only while sleeping are the best option for shortsighted rugby players who might otherwise rely on conventional daytime contact lenses. The downside of this latter option was again in evidence in Canada's defeat by France in the Rugby World Cup when their star player, Adam Kleeberger, had to take a time-out to replace a lost lens. The bushy bearded flanker had starred in the Canuck's previous match when they beat Tonga and was again prominent in the battle of the forwards with the French for whom the final result of 46-19 was flattered by three late tries.
Kleeberger has belied his amateur status by showing he has the talent to play at a higher level and is hoping the World Cup will provide the platform for securing him a professional contract with a new club. Previously, he has played in England at Rotherham Titans and in New Zealand at Auckland where his playing stint was cut short by injury forcing him to return to Canada where rugby is still an amateur sport. However, he would be well-advised to consider switching to the new overnight ortho-k corrective contact lenses for sport to ensure he spends all his time on the pitch rather than requiring a visit to the sidelines when a lens goes missing in a tackle. He is not alone - former England captain Martin Corry had to leave the pitch to replace a contact lens in three matches during the 2006 6 Nations Tournament.
As demonstrated by Jo McGilchrist , England Women's star performer in last year's Rugby World Cup where the team were runners-up to New Zealand, the ortho-k corrective contact lenses for sport make a big difference in contact match-ups like rugby: "I am now able to play a full rugby match knowing that my vision is 100% and not worrying that a lens might come out during a tackle or scrum," says Jo. The ortho-k lenses gently flatten the surface of the cornea during sleep ensuring that light focuses directly on the retina at the back of the eye rather than in front of it. After removing the lenses each morning, the wearer has clear unaided vision all day long until reinserting the lenses at night.
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