Triathletes & Corrective Vision

In many ways, triathlon is one of the purest sports in existence. One could argue that no other form of sport tests simple human endurance and conditioning in the same way that triathlon does. However, despite these facts, triathletes actually require a great deal more equipment than many other athletes – bicycles, helmets, proper running shoes, clothing for swimming, etc. are all absolutely necessary.

What does sometimes go overlooked for triathletes – even those who go out of their way to find the best gear and equipment – is smaller needs, such as proper corrective vision. Contacts vs. glasses is a popular debate in many sports, and is just as relevant for triathletes. Both can be acceptable solutions for triathletes who require corrective vision, but here are a few reasons why Acuvue contact lenses tend to be the best option.


Triathletes who rely on glasses automatically open themselves up to a few complex issues. For example, because glasses cannot be worn underneath swimming goggles, prescription goggles may be required, and the athletes will have to switch accordingly. With contact lenses, triathletes can make their transitions go more smoothly… without having to leave glasses on a table at the end of the swim- hoping for the best!


Physical, exterior lenses also open up a few more risks for triathletes. Glasses can be scratched or smudged to blur vision, which can not only be detrimental to one’s competitive ability, but also dangerous. Additionally, glasses and prescription goggles limit peripheral vision, which can be inconvenient in a race. On the contrary, contact lenses cannot be obscured or affected easily, and offer a full range of peripheral vision.


Given the cost of other equipment for triathletes, it certainly can’t hurt to save a bit of money on corrective vision options, and all things considered contacts are usually the cheaper option. Glasses can be expensive, and prescription goggles will only add onto your cost list.

With contacts, there are simply no additional needs or costs.


Perhaps most importantly, contact lenses offer versatility that is appropriate for triathletes. As mentioned, contact lenses make it easier to transition to the water. However, they can also be far more convenient on sunny days, when a triathlete might want to put on sunglasses during the running or cycling portion of a race. Again, this can simply be hard to manage for those who rely on glasses for their vision needs, whereas contact lenses make for more versatility and flexibility throughout a race and one less piece of kit to worry about.