What if a Ballerina cannot see well?

Don’t give up on ballet just because you wear specs. Practice your routines with glasses then swap to contact lenses like Ciba vision Air Optic Colors just before your exiting performance.

It is very important for dancers to see clearly and crucial for catching things.

Ballerinas complain about not being able to see the teacher’s facial expression which makes it harder to perform, not knowing if the teacher has made a gesture or eye contact.

Some Ballet teachers are sometimes reluctant to allow Ballerinas to wear specs for shows or upcoming performances, but, they are quite happy for them to wear them during rehearsals or training sessions.

Glasses are ideal for those who are short sighted as they help to spot those hidden corners, preventing accidents, but they could easily fly off your head during a routine dance, so for safety reasons, invest in a pair of lightweight frames like Oakley goggles.

When doing your turns and sweating simultaneously, glasses can slide off your face, giving you a headache, so make sure your glasses are well fastened and not slipping off your face. Avoid fiddling with them because this will cause a distraction.

It is not rare for a Ballerina to wear glasses while performing an Allegro or Ballon, but some might prefer contact lenses.

Allegro: A dance which involves fast and brisk steps. Glasses need to be secure for this sequence because it’s fast paced.

Ballon: This involves a dancer being suspended while making dance moves.

Sauté: This routine is about taking small jumps with a great deal of energy. They are warm up jumps, which could cause specs to fall off unexpectedly.

Some Ballerinas are severely myopic and cannot dance without glasses. If contacts haven’t worked for you either, then it might be worth buying a special fastener, tape or equipment to keep them glued on temporarily.

Get regular checks at the opticians who can adjust them and make sure they are the correct fit and also to ensure the glasses are in good working condition.

If your prescribed specs make you feel comfortable then it will be beneficial to keep them on.

Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician.

For more information and to book and eye examination please contact us:

McKenna & Scott Pinelands

Tel: 021 531 1953