Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Sporting Contacts

PostedJune 10, 2005

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"Keeping your eyes on the ball" is key to many sports.  That's why some pros—including Baltimore Oriole Brian Roberts—are trying new contact lenses that filter certain wavelengths of light.  Its creator, Bausch & Lomb, says they can "aid visual performance in athletic settings."  Amber-tinted contacts are engineered to highlight fast-moving balls, and they say grey-green lenses create better contrasts in bright sunlight.  Night vision contacts are in the works.  Even if they don't work, and the amber lenses make you look a bit like last year's cicadas, they should help protect your eyes from UV rays.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.