Made for my eyes
DAKOTA PROSCHELEMENTARY TEACHER & ROLLER DERBY JAMMER
Like your favorite elementary school teacher, Dakota Prosch is passionate, dedicated and funny. She loves helping kids do what they thought was impossible. But Dakota isn’t your average elementary teacher. Outside the classroom, she’s the owner and team captain of her roller derby team, the Chicago Red Hots. Derby’s a fast-paced sport that pushes her limits, both physically and mentally. The common thread between teaching and derby: “Both require eyes in the back of my head,” Dakota says. From first bell to final buzzer, see how Alcon products help Dakota stay on top of her game.
We were happy to talk a little more with Dakota about what she does and how her eyes play a part in both her work and hobby.
What do you do for a hobby?
I’d probably call it more than a hobby—I’m the team captain and jammer on my roller derby team, the Chicago Red Hots. It’s a fast sport and can get pretty rough. My boxing coach was on the first team in Chicago in 2005 and I went to her game. It was incredible and outrageous. My husband just looked at me and said, "You're gonna do that." He was right—here I am.
How important to you is it that your eyes are comfortable throughout the day?
I can’t be distracted by anything, least of all my eyes. I wear my contacts during derby and I need unobstructed vision to make quick decisions. While teaching, not only do I feel like I need eyes in the back of my head, but there’s a lot of work after hours too that can really take a toll on my eyes. For what my eyes need, I’ve consistently found that Alcon products work well for me.
What’s your favorite part of roller derby?
I love sharpening my instincts. I spend a lot of time training to pass blockers in creative ways—it’s like a new puzzle every time. When we’re playing, and all that hard work and training pay off—I’m on cloud 9. All the adrenaline helps mask any injuries I get … the next day is pretty painful.
What else do you enjoy doing?
I like to push my own limits. Like I said before, it was boxing that led me to roller derby. And now, each season I have new training goals. Whatever I’m doing, I try to treat others with respect while bringing some happiness into their lives.
Long Lasting, Fresh Feeling
When she’s out on the rink, Dakota can’t afford to have her contact lenses distracting her from the game. She cleans and disinfects her lenses with CLEAR CARE® overnight to ensure they stay feeling fresh longer. Find the solution that’s made for your eyes at THEeyeSOLUTION™.Explore products
Fast Dry Eye Symptom Relief
As a teacher, Dakota uses her eyes all day to read, work on her computer and keep track of her students. After taking out her contact lenses, SYSTANE® works to relieve Dakota’s eyes from dryness and irritation. There’s a solution that’s right for you too at THEeyeSOLUTION™.Explore products