When you play Canoe Polo, you know how important it is to be able to see the ball, other players and the pitch clearly. If your vision changes and you need to wear prescription glasses, you will need to make sure that your lenses are suited to ensuring you have clear vision during games and training.
Discuss your lenses with your optometrist
When you get your glasses, you must discuss your lifestyle and your needs with your optometrist. It is possible that your vision may still be good enough to play Canoe Polo without glasses. If you are going to have trouble seeing the ball clearly, or, more importantly, reading the expression on the other players' faces, then you will need to play with glasses on. You will need to explain what the game involves to the optometrist and work together to find the best solution for your vision while you play.
Protect your lenses by having them coated
Most prescription glasses are routinely coated with an ultra violet coating that protects your eyes from the glare of the sun. You should make sure that your glasses will have this coating.
There are other coatings that can be put on your lenses when your glasses are made up that will be of an advantage when you play Canoe Polo and which will also be of benefit in your everyday life.
Any lens will catch the light and may reflect into your eyes, which can be distracting when you are playing Canoe Polo. Polycarbonate lenses are more reflective than other plastic lenses, so it is a good idea for your glasses to have this coating.
The lenses of your glasses can be coated with a substance that will reduce the possibility of them fogging, especially when there is a change in temperature. When you play Canoe Polo, your body temperature rises because of the physical effort. Inevitably, your glasses will get wet, which will cause them to cool down. With the imbalance between the wet lenses and your raised body temperature, the chances of your glasses fogging over is high. An anti-fog coating is a good feature on your lenses.
Protect your lenses yourself
If you do not have the anti-fog coating on your lenses, there are other ways to try to prevent them fogging over when you play Canoe Polo:
- Cut a raw potato in half and then in half again. Take one of the small pieces of the potato and rub the inside part over both sides of your glasses' lenses. Allow this to dry and then wipe your glasses with a soft cloth.
- Take a tiny amount of normal dishwashing liquid. Using your finger, wipe this gently over both surfaces of your glasses. When it has dried off, wipe your glasses gently with a soft cloth.
Make sure that you do not touch the lenses with your fingers to avoid getting fingerprints on the lenses.