All athletes have had to deal with the sun causing them to drop fly balls, miss a backhand, and drop the game winning touchdown. Athletes in every sport imaginable have been dealing with bulky sunglasses wishing there was a better alternative. Well, Nike has teamed with Bausch and Lomb who patented a new product that will do just that. With the newest type of eye protection, the Nike MaxSight contact lenses. These new contact lenses work as eye protection from the sun, much like sunglasses. The lenses have been crafted to provide athletes with the protection from the sun without having to use the conventional sunglasses they have been forced to use in the past.
Nike teamed with Bausch & Lomb have patented the MaxSight lenses which come in two different colors, both providing a different type of eye protection. Grey-Green and Amber lenses are now available; each color provides the eye with protection from different types of light, allowing certain lights in and keeping others out. The grey-green lenses are directed at sports played in bright sunlight such as golf, football, running, and rugby. The amber lenses are more for sports with a ball and faced paced, such as tennis, soccer, and baseball. Both potentially have more uses for people who are outdoors a lot, such as construction workers and for people who want to go to the beach and don’t want ugly sunglass tan lines.
The MaxSight lenses have been crafted using a new type of light technology that allow different amounts of “good light” in and keeps out unwanted light that might distract an athlete. Both lenses allow certain wavelengths of light to enter the eye, the lenses then enhance the light that is let in, to assist the athlete. This patented Light Architecture technology was developed by Bausch and Lomb who teamed with Nike to make the contacts for the world of sports. Test lenses have already been used by professional athletes, Baltimore Oriels second baseman, Brian Roberts. The lenses already have FDA approval and will be available to consumers soon.
The best thing about the MaxSight lenses is their affordable. For a box of 6 or three pair its only $60 dollars, which is only about $20 more than normal prescription lenses. These lenses are monthly use and are recommended to be replaced monthly even if only used while playing sports. People without vision problems can use these lenses as well but must see an optometrist to get the correct lenses. The lenses however do have on negative aspect, and that is they do not provide full UV protection from ultraviolet rays, like most conventional sunglasses do.
Being that I wear contacts and love the outdoors, I plan on buying a set of the MaxSight lenses as soon as they hit the shelves. For years I have been fighting with sunglasses that won’t stay in place or end up broken. This new lens will be very popular and I am sure other companies are already working to make their own version of the lenses. If you ask me this is going to be a real hit with athletes and others who love outdoor activities.