How to Prevent Contact Lens Discomfort While Swimming This Summer

How to Prevent Contact Lens Discomfort While Swimming This Summer

Swimming is a refreshing and invigorating activity that many people enjoy. However, for those who wear contact lenses, swimming can sometimes lead to discomfort and potential eye problems. The combination of water, chemicals, and various microorganisms present in pools, lakes, and oceans can pose a risk to contact lens wearers. Here are some effective strategies to prevent contact lens discomfort while swimming. By following these tips, you can protect your eyes, maintain optimal vision, and enjoy your time in the water without worrying about eye irritation or infections. Let's dive in!

Protect Your Vision And Your Contact Lenses

Wearing contact lenses while swimming can expose your eyes to a range of irritants and potentially harmful elements. However, with the right precautions, you can minimize discomfort and keep your eyes safe. Here are some essential tips to follow:

  1. Use prescription swim goggles: Consider investing in prescription swim goggles specifically designed to correct your vision. They provide a barrier between your eyes and the water, keeping your contact lenses protected. Prescription swim goggles are a reliable alternative for those who prefer not to wear contact lenses while swimming.
  2. Opt for daily disposable lenses: If you choose to wear contact lenses while swimming, using daily disposable lenses is recommended. After swimming, discard the lenses and replace them with fresh ones. Daily disposables reduce the risk of eye infections as you're using a new pair each time and avoiding the buildup of bacteria and other contaminants.
  3. Refrain from opening your eyes underwater: Try to avoid opening your eyes while submerged in water. This will prevent water from directly contacting your lenses, reducing the chances of discomfort or infection. Use goggles or swim masks to enhance your visibility and protect your eyes and your contact lenses.
  4. Apply lubricating eye drops before and after swimming: Lubricating eye drops can help alleviate any dryness or irritation caused by swimming with contact lenses. Use preservative-free eye drops before and after swimming to keep your eyes moisturized and minimize discomfort.
  5. Clean and disinfect your lenses thoroughly: If you decide to wear reusable contact lenses while swimming, ensure that you clean and disinfect them properly after each swim. Use a recommended contact lens solution and follow the instructions provided by your eye care professional.
  6. Avoid wearing lenses in hot tubs: Hot tubs often contain high levels of chemicals, such as chlorine, which can interact with your contact lenses and cause irritation. It is best to remove your lenses before entering a hot tub to prevent discomfort and potential damage to your eyes.
  7. Take breaks and hydrate: Remember to take regular breaks from swimming and hydrate yourself. Staying properly hydrated helps prevent dryness and discomfort associated with contact lens wear.

By following these preventative measures, you can enjoy your swimming sessions without compromising your eye health. Remember, when it comes to your eyes, it's better to be safe than sorry. If you experience persistent discomfort or notice any unusual symptoms, consult your eye care professional immediately.
 

Enjoy Summer Swimming With Contact Lenses From Sunridge Eye Clinic

Swimming with contact lenses doesn't have to be a source of discomfort or risk for your eyes. By adopting these simple yet crucial precautions, you can safeguard your eyes and ensure a pleasant swimming experience. Remember to prioritize your eye health, and enjoy the water with confidence!

At Sunridge Eye Clinic in NE Calgary, our staff is committed to the health of all patients. From infants to seniors, our eye exams are designed to help you and your family stay informed about your health while learning how to care for and prevent various eye conditions. To schedule an eye exam, contact Sunridge Eye Clinic at 1-403-280-7518 or fill out the online contact form.
 

FAQ

Q: Can I swim with contact lenses designed for extended wear?
A: While extended-wear contact lenses are designed to be worn continuously, it is generally not recommended to swim with them. Extended-wear lenses have a higher risk of absorbing water and contaminants, leading to discomfort and potential eye infections. It's best to consult your eye care professional for specific recommendations regarding swimming with your particular type of contact lenses.

Q: Can I wear contact lenses while snorkeling or scuba diving?
A: Snorkeling and scuba diving involve deeper immersion in water, which increases the risk of water and pressure affecting your contact lenses. The pressure changes underwater can lead to discomfort and even dislodgment of your lenses. It's advisable to remove your contact lenses before engaging in these activities and use prescription masks or goggles instead.

Q: Can I wear coloured contact lenses while swimming?
A: Wearing coloured contact lenses while swimming poses similar risks as regular contact lenses. However, it's important to note that coloured lenses may contain additional pigments or dyes, which can potentially interact with water or chemicals in the swimming environment. This interaction may lead to irritation, discoloration, or damage to the lenses. It's recommended to consult with your optometrist for specific guidance on wearing coloured contact lenses while swimming.


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