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Me and my contact lenses

A relaxed style

In 2017, Acuvue Oasys with Transitions ambassador, Matt Rees, helped a fellow marathon runner across the line. He tells OT  how his contact lenses have improved his running

Matt Rees

What prompted you to go for your first sight test?

When I was tired I was struggling to read. My eyes wouldn’t focus properly and I realised that I needed to get them tested. It was impacting my daily life and straining to read was unpleasant. I remember struggling to read the questions on an exam paper. This was the final straw and I realised that I needed to get my eyes tested. A number of my family members already wore glasses and contact lenses, so I made an appointment at my opticians.

How long have you worn contact lenses for?

I’ve been wearing contact lenses for nearly a year.

What made you first try contact lenses?

I had been wearing glasses for years, but I wanted to improve my vision when running and doing other sporting activities. Glasses were not a viable option. I also wanted to see if contact lenses were more comfortable than wearing glasses every day.

Why do you prefer contact lenses to glasses?

Glasses are more of a hassle for me personally. I can wear contact lenses to run in and also to work in. While I still need my glasses to help me see when I take out my lenses in the evening and in the morning, I don’t have to worry about them getting scratched or misplacing them throughout the day. Contact lenses are just easier for me day-to-day, no matter what I am doing.

How has wearing contact lenses changed your outlook on eye health?

Before using Acuvue Oasys with Transitions I didn’t really think about how vison was affecting my day-to-day life. Since using them I realise how much of an impact changing light conditions have during indoors and outdoor moments. I am no longer squinting all the time in bright conditions, but I’ve also noticed the difference indoors. I spend a lot of time under bright lights and looking at devices for work so it’s great to have a contact lens that can help during all aspects of my day.

How have contact lenses improved your performance as a marathon runner?

The Acuvue Oasys with Transitions have been very beneficial for my running. Not only is the lens really comfortable to wear, but my vision has improved thanks to the lens adaptation to the changing light that I regularly face during runs. Less squinting has meant my face is more relaxed, which translates to a more relaxed running style overall.