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10 Crazy Things Contacts Can Do

        Health | Eye

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Improve Athletic Performance (Maybe)
Could an amber tint in a contact lens sharpen an athlete's vision? Maybe. © Tomwang112/iStock/Thinkstock
Could an amber tint in a contact lens sharpen an athlete's vision? Maybe. © Tomwang112/iStock/Thinkstock

Adding an amber tint to contact lenses may help turn up the contrast while turning down the glare, which should theoretically make baseballs, footballs, hockey pucks -- you name it -- easier to see. That would theoretically mean the athlete's response time could improve.

Amber-tinted contact lenses aren't yet proven, and researchers disagree on whether or not wearing the lenses translates into any significant performance improvement. Some studies find that the lenses may actually reduce the eye's sensitivity, while others find no difference or only a slight improvement in athletes who have a mild astigmatism or a need for a mild refractive error correction.


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