Seen anybody wearing those red contacts?

I have. We played against his softball team (and lost). His eyes were a little freaky; I thought maybe he’d had a serious eye problem that caused a bunch of blood vessels to burst or something. Turns how he was just wearing these new contact lenses for athletes:

When Camille Walters plays soccer, her normally brown eyes have a spooky red tint. That’s because the 15-year-old wears tinted contact lenses that block certain wavelengths of light and help athletes see better.

Oh, and they look cool, too.

“It gives me more confidence because you feel intimidating and bigger and stronger, kind of an ego-booster,” said Walters, who plays for Father Ryan, a Catholic high school in Nashville.

Walters and a growing number of other athletes are wearing the MaxSight lenses, which were developed jointly by Nike Inc. and contact lens maker Bausch & Lomb Inc.

The lens – large enough to extend a ring around the iris – comes in two colors: amber and grey-green.

The amber lens is for fast-moving balls sports, such as tennis, baseball, football or soccer. Grey-green is better for blocking glare for runners or helping a golfer read the contour of the ground.

They’re pretty creepy. I wonder if they really work. Anybody know?


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