With the Olympics just around the corner, the NHL’s media relations department decided to do a study on how people view different types of glasses and lenses.
A lot of us have the same vision, the majority of us wear them for recreation and as a reminder of what it means to be a professional athlete, according to a study published by the NHL.
Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill conducted a survey on about 2,500 participants.
They found that 76 percent of participants wore glasses during a given game, with a third of them wearing a regular-size or larger frame to better see the play.
Only 18 percent of the participants said they thought the glasses were a distraction, compared to 40 percent who believed they were important.
In contrast, only 5 percent of respondents said they believed wearing a lens during a game would be a distraction.
That’s a difference of a percentage point from last year, when 57 percent of players said they did not wear lenses, while 44 percent said they were a big deal.
Another surprising finding is that of the 15 percent of people who wore glasses to watch a game, just 4 percent said the glasses interfered with their ability to play.
“We are seeing that more people are using the glasses and playing because they see it as a distraction,” NHL Deputy Chief of Communications Jeff Friesen said in a statement.
“This is the first study to find this in an official NHL study.”
The study comes as the NHL prepares to launch its new “Vision Center” to give fans a better look at how the game is being played on the ice.
Friesen also said the team is working on a new “Glassware” product, which will allow fans to have a personalized, hands-free look at the game on their own device.