WASHINGTON — It’s time to stop wearing white glasses in your gym.
It’s not a necessity, according to the American College of Sports Medicine.
The group, which represents more than 400,000 physicians, health care providers and athletic trainers, says the move could be a lifesaver.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates the average American spends about $10,000 a year for glasses.
“If you are going to spend a lot of money for a product that is not going to do you any good, you need to consider how you can minimize your costs,” said Dr. John Lacey, an orthopedic surgeon and associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
“In terms of the cost of glasses, we have to take into account the cost to the patient, the time to see the patient and the health care cost,” Lacey said.
He added that white glasses make it harder for people to tell what is normal or abnormal.
White glasses are made of clear acrylic and are often white, and have been used for centuries to help patients communicate and focus.
The American College says it believes wearing white is not a good idea because it can lead to people feeling uncomfortable, distracted or confused.
The association recommends wearing white sunglasses when you are exercising and when you work out or when you do yoga or meditation.
“White lenses are not recommended when doing cardio, but they may be helpful when you want to be seen by your physician or other healthcare professionals, for example,” Lacy said.
“Some of the best advice I can give people to reduce the risks of this is to wear them when you’re out of the gym and in the sunshine,” he said.
The college says it has a list of tips to wear in public, such as removing your sunglasses before you go to the restroom or when leaving the building.
“The best way to reduce your risk of sunglasses falling on you is to keep them out of sight,” Laughlin said.
You can also wear white when you shower or when going to the bathroom, he added.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.