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Can You Box With Contact Lenses?

Robert Green
Published: August 8, 2021
Updated: August 8, 2021

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Many boxers with poor vision may be asking the question, "can I box wearing contact lenses?". This article will answer this question and reveal some of the pros, cons and precautions you should take when boxing with contact lenses.

Some people avoid wearing contact lenses because they are concerned about them falling out mid-fight. It depends on the type of contact and how involved your sparring match is - some boxers choose to keep contacts in for sparring while others take them out.

The contact lens wearer should consider the following: how much it would hurt if a finger or thumb poked their eye during a fight and whether there are any other risks related to wearing contacts on the eyes, such as corneal tears or infection. The last thing you want is to lose an important match because of falling lenses!

For light sparing or bagwork, these points aren't really a concern. In general, boxers who wear contacts should avoid long bouts that involve lots of close-range punching (i.e., head shots).

When actually fighting in competition, you definitely shouldn't wear contacts. You'll likley be taking many shots to the head and eye area, and you want to make sure that glass, plastic or silicone lenses won't be popping out of your eyes.

Additionally, wearing goggles or eyeglasses when boxing with a partner or opponent is a very bad idea. The lenses will get shattered if you get hit and can cause serious injury. They could also make it easier to break your nose or orbital bones.

If you have a contact lens prescription, you can box with poor eyesight. Contact lenses are an option for those who don't want to wear glasses while boxing and they provide some protection against eye injuries. However, it is important that the fighter knows how to put them in correctly so as not to lose them mid-fight or during sparring practice. If this sounds like something you're interested in doing, be sure to consult your doctor before beginning any training regimen!

This article does not provide medical advice of any kind and should be used for informational purposes only. Consult your eye doctor before using contact lenses to participate in sports activities or other physical activity that could cause injury, burns, skin irritation, overheating, etc., while wearing them.

For more info on fighting with poor vision or contacts, be sure to also read "Can You Compete In MMA With Poor Vision? (Contacts, Glasses...)".

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