Wearing glasses just is not an option when you are participating in outdoor adventure sports. You will need to get prescription contact lenses for these activities. You won’t be able to get them at your favorite outdoor gear store. You will need to visit your eye doctor and ask for a prescription for them because you are participating in your sport and the glasses just aren’t working out for you. Your doctor will be happy to comply.
Once you get your lenses, don’t stash them away in your sports equipment storage bins just because you got them for the sport. You will need to wear them in order to get used to them. Otherwise you will have a much harder time of it when you first put them in and try to climb the side of a mountain or raft your way through the rocky white waters. It’s not a good idea to think that because you have been wearing glasses you don’t need to get used to the contacts. You do.
Even after you have gotten used to wearing your contacts, you still don’t want to keep them packed up with your tree climbing gear or ice climbing gear. Your eyes will continue to readjust themselves to whatever corrective lenses you are using frequently. Make sure to wear your lenses frequently for a couple of weeks before a tree climbing or ice climbing trip so that your eyes will have a chance to fully adjust to them properly.
It is a good idea to have a second pair of prescription contact lenses to store in your outdoor survival gear. Lenses can come out, especially during rigorous activity, and if this happens when you are on the side of a cliff there will be no turning back to find it. The worst case would be not having an extra pair of contacts and being unable to see. This could cause a very dangerous situation for you and for the others you are climbing with. Having an extra pair in your survival kit is the perfect solution for mishaps such as this.
You can use two week disposable lenses for your outdoor sporting. This is a less alternative option, not only for your extra pair to take along but for the contacts that you will wear on your trip. If you happen to lose one or two of them, it won’t be such a costly loss if you are wearing disposables. Talk to your eye doctor about these, they are available for most prescriptions now.
It wasn’t long ago that people with astigmatism could not wear soft or disposable contact lenses. Recently, however, there has been a new type of soft lens developed just for people with astigmatism. So if you have avoided your love of outdoor adventure sporting because you have astigmatism and couldn’t do it with your eyeglasses, you now have more options. Talk with your eye doctor about these recent developments and your options for prescription contact lenses and get sporting!