Without glasses or contact lenses, I’m as good as blind. While you don’t need your vision (that much) in judo or bjj once you’ve gripped up, I feel that it helps with detecting subtle details in your opponent’s movement.
Anyway, the point is I strongly prefer to train with my lenses in. What happens sometimes, is that the lenses pop out. I’ve lost a contact in a tournament before and kept going, and winning, but I remember my mind being constantly distracted, which was very frustrating.
A few comments on training with contact lenses:
- Keep eye drops with you, for the cases when your eyes feel dry. That’s when the contacts are most likely to pop out. Sounds obvious, but this is useful especially right before long tournament matches.
- As I was told today, and as many horror stories online concur, putting a contact lens into your eye after dropping it on the mat/floor is dangerous in terms of infections (e.g. staph).
LASIK eye surgery costs $2000 per eye with 98% of patients reporting being satisfied with the results. Mom, can I borrow $4000?