SWIMMING WITH 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 swimming with contact lenses should be avoided. This includes avoiding wearing contact lenses not just while swimming, 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.
Do not swim or carry out any other activity involving water while wearing your contact lenses. Ensure you wash and dry your hands properly prior to handling your lenses.
Never use tap water to rinse your contact lenses or contact lens case. Always use the disinfecting solution advised by your eyecare professional.
Remember to change your case regularly in line with instructions accompanying your disinfecting solutions.
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 swimming or engaging in any activity involving water. If water accidentally gets in your eyes while wearing contact lenses, just follow these steps:
Take your lenses off as soon as possible to reduce the risk of irritation and infection.
Replace your contact lenses with a new pair.
If you regularly enjoy water sports, speak to your optician.
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