Problems with artificial light

  • silverfox

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    Feb 11, 2010 2:41 AM GMT
    Is it just me?????

    Night time is nightmare time for me when playing tennis. I wear contact lenses most of the time....and it gets pretty bad at night. It is kind of a "depth perception" thing perhaps....I can completely whiff on a backhand shot....multiple times. I tried wearing my glasses tonight....and it was even worse.

    Someone said that if you are going to play a match during the day you should definitely wear sunglasses to preserve your night vision. Has anyone else heard such a thing?

    Well there you have it. My latest issue with my tennis game....

    I CAN'T SEE!

    LOL....
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    Feb 11, 2010 2:52 AM GMT
    Never heard of such a thing as wearing sunglasses to protect your night vision. Other than vision degrading as you age, I think one of things wrong with nightime lighting is it is too bright and/or it doesn't cast shadows the same way natural light does. That makes it more strenuous on the eyes. I suppose there are different types of facility/stadium lighting, some better, some worse. I wonder if a different color tennis ball, darker might help.. after all thats why they switched from white balls to yellow when, back in the 60's sometime.
  • silverfox

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    Feb 11, 2010 3:23 AM GMT
    Yes probably right about the tennis balls...but when you are playing in a tournament you don't have much choice about those kind of things..... icon_neutral.gif
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    Feb 17, 2010 5:49 AM GMT
    Actually, I have the complete opposite problem. Maybe been in Malibu too long but when I play in super sunny weather (like at home in Charleston, SC) I can't see the ball at all. Its like the ball just gets lost and everytime I hit a ball its like Im "hitting and hoping." But for some reason, since I was about 10, I love playing under the lights. Its like I get this US Open New York vibe. But I have absolutely no problem seeing the ball. In fact, I feel like I can see much clearer at night. Not that this helps at all, just my two cents.
  • Timbales

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    Feb 17, 2010 1:50 PM GMT
    have you tried wearing those amber type glasses that help filter the light? it may help under the artificial lights
  • DrewbieDoo

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    Feb 19, 2010 10:30 PM GMT
    I find that my favorite time is sunset... and I know it's time to go in when I can't see the ball anymore...
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    Jan 08, 2011 3:12 AM GMT
    Night tennis can be pretty difficult without good lights.

    My old apartment complex has one court with pretty good lights (still play there sometimes even though I haven't actually lived there in seven years!)

    It's certainly much easier to see in sunlight than at night, although glare can be an issue depending on the angle of the sun.

    I do wear those blue tint sunglasses that are made especially for tennis. They're supposed to make the ball stand out more. I don't know if that's necessarily the case, but I like them because they cut down on the glare without being too dark like conventional sunglasses.
  • aznmtl

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    Jan 08, 2011 3:17 AM GMT
    I'm glad to hear I'm not the ONLY one with vision problems during night tennis. I'm always complaining I can't see LOL! (Actually, even during the day I have problems unless it's really bright out).

    I also wear contacts (torics) and currently I'm trying different types to see if there are any improvements. I'll keep you up to date if I find anything that helps.
  • geebus

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    Jan 08, 2011 6:28 AM GMT
    Oh god receiving serves at night is just plain death. The ball disappears in places and reappears right in front of you. Just hell.
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    Jan 08, 2011 6:34 AM GMT
    I would think that wearing glasses regardless, will help with preserving sight, overall. Maybe I'm just not educated on night vision, lol. I have heard of some people wearing sunglasses at night, while driving, but I would think that would increase the risk of an auto accident!
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    Jan 09, 2011 1:59 AM GMT
    With a single light source (ie. sunlight), the shadows are darker, increasing your depth perception.
    With multiple light sources (ie. lights all around the field), the shadows are softened, decreasing your depth perception.
  • aznmtl

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    Jan 12, 2011 4:09 PM GMT
    I just read that they now have HD glasses and contact lenses. Has anyone tried this technology yet??