It can be tempting to wear your contact lenses while swimming. However, experts are all in agreement that you should avoid swimming with contact lenses.
Lifetime Vision Source, a trusted eye care and vision center in the area, discusses the risks of wearing contacts while swimming. We also list a few safer alternatives to help you see better when you’re in the water.
Why You Shouldn’t Swim While Wearing Contacts
According to the Food and Drug Administration, contact lenses should not be exposed to any kind of water because it can be home to viruses and dangerous microbes. It doesn’t matter whether it’s tap water or ocean water; swimming with contacts is a big no-no. Otherwise, you risk experiencing eye irritation, infections and potentially sight-threatening conditions like corneal ulcer.
If you feel more comfortable with a clear vision while swimming, you can opt for the following safer alternatives. Make sure to consult with an eye doctor to know the best option for you.
1. Wear Waterproof Swim Goggles
Perhaps the only time you can wear contacts while swimming is when you also put on waterproof swim goggles. This will protect your eyes from waterborne contaminants and prevent the risk of your contact lenses dislodging from your eyes.
You can go with a long-term solution such as LASIK, which is a type of eye surgery that uses a computer-controlled laser to reshape the cornea. This allows the light entering your eye to be properly focused on the retina resulting in clear vision.
Ortho-k is a non-surgical way of temporarily correcting your refractive error and reducing your dependence on eyeglasses or contacts. It uses specially designed contact lenses to reshape your cornea allowing you to see clearly even after you remove the lenses. This type of lenses are typically worn at night while you’re asleep, so you won’t have to wear glasses or contacts during daytime.
Lifetime Vision Source provides quality eye health care and uses a personalized approach to identify and meet every patient’s needs. We offer services such as contact lens exam, dry eye treatment and others. Call us at (701) 864-3777 or fill out our contact form to request a consultation. We serve clients in Medina and Valley City, ND.