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The Irritating Tale of Spectacles and Watersports

March 21st, 2013

Adventure sports are generally unique in that they involve a whole different mindset from ordinary sports or athletic activities. Whether you enjoy surfing, rock climbing, kitesurfing, mountain biking, etc., adventure sports set you up to compete against nature and yourself, rather than an opponent. And, much as they involve this different mindset, adventure sports also tend to involve very specific equipment and preparation needs.

One example of these needs is that it is nearly impossible to effectively practice most adventure sports with any form of corrective vision aside from contact lenses. This is true of many athletic activities in general, but where you can occasionally get away with glasses or prescription goggles in some ordinary sports, adventure sports require more flexibility and convenience. Here are some specific reasons why you ought to check in with Acuvue to buy some new contact lenses if you are getting into an adventure sport of your own.

Range Of Vision
In most everyday activities - and indeed in many ordinary sports - you primarily require vision looking straight ahead. However, in most adventure sports, you will be turning your head fairly frequently, looking all around you to observe and react to the environment. This requires a full range of vision, not just in being able to move your head, but also in being able to see clearly no matter where you turn your eyes. This is only possible, for those who require corrective vision, with contact lenses, as both glasses and prescription goggles leave peripheral vision largely unaddressed and uncorrected.

Guaranteed Clarity
With contact lenses, it is very difficult to have your vision obscured by the elements. However, depending on your sport, this can be a problem with glasses or goggles. For example, you may find that you get dirt, mud, or water on your lenses, which can obscure your vision, inhibiting your activity and even causing potential danger. With contact lenses, your vision may still be temporarily interrupted by such external factors, but the effect will be brief, as these substances will not have the chance to stick to your contact lenses.

Maximum Flexibility
The other benefit of contact lenses for action and adventure sports is that there is no risk of losing them due to sudden or dramatic motion. When participating in these sports, it is common to find yourself in quick maneuvers or unusual positions that may cause glasses to fall off or be knocked askew. On the other hand, unless something specifically pokes your eyes, your contact lenses should stay put with any level of activity, providing you with the flexibility you need for your sport.

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iDID, Because I Can

March 4th, 2013

Suzi for BlogSo traditionally, adventure sports are for the super fit able bodied people in life right?! After all, how do you partner a climber who can't hear you, or ski when you have no movement in your legs? Well, the simple answer is: where there's a will there's a way!

I have to admit that I myself followed these (short-sighted) presumptions before. Before I lost my hearing, I had never come across anyone with a disability taking part in any adventure activities. It was only when I became completely deaf that I experienced the full extent of this presumptuous view. I think it's safe to admit that prejudice is not an individual problem, it is a social epidemic, but one that I am happy to believe is in the process of elimination. We are in an age of change amongst disabled people and it is our responsibility to educate society to make it a better place. There are too many angry people in the world to be aggressive in change and after all; life is too short to be annoyed all the time.

I'm proud to be a part of iDID with some fantastic people. This project aims to help educate mainstream activity providers and ensure they have the knowledge and practical advice to ensure that disabled individuals get the same experience from their services as the 'able-bodied' (such an ugly term) users. In an ideal world, every business would have speech-to-text or other fancy equipment, but what about businesses that can't afford that and receive no grants?? iDID is here to colour in the grey areas and bridge the gap between ideology and ignorance.

I believe that every individual regardless of age, gender, circumstance or disability is capable of taking part in adventure activities providing they have the right support for them. Every day, someone in this world achieves things they never believed possible, we need to open our eyes and our minds to break down barriers and allow individuals to have the confidence to achieve the impossible.

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