Can you Swim whilst wearing Contact Lenses?

While contact lenses are perfect for an active lifestyle, it is not advised to expose your contact lenses to water, and as such contact should be avoided. This includes not just swimming and water sports, but also showering, bathing and using a hot tub.

WHY YOU SHOULDN’T SWIM WITH CONTACT LENSES

Water contains microorganisms that are generally harmless to humans. In very rare instances, however, they can attach to your contact lenses and remain on the surface, potentially leading to serious eye conditions. Symptoms can include inflammation of the cornea, redness, pain, light sensitivity and watering of the eye, and if left untreated even vision loss.

Keeping your eyes healthy with your contact lenses where water is concerned is easy. Just follow these simple steps.

1.

Remove contact lenses before engaging with any activity involving water. Ensuring you wash and dry your hands properly prior to handling your lenses.

2.

Never use tap water to rinse your contact lenses or contact lens case. Always use the disinfecting solution advised by your eyecare professional.

3.

Remember to change your case regularly in line with instructions accompanying your disinfecting solutions.

4.

If wearing reusable lenses ensure you clean them properly in accordance to the manufacturer’s instructions and always store your lenses in fresh solution.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET WATER ON YOUR CONTACT LENSES

Always remember to remove contact lenses before engaging in any activity involving water. If water accidentally gets in your eyes while wearing contact lenses, just follow these steps:

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