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Can You Swim with Contacts?

Submitted by salandvision on October 11, 2019 - 4:16 pm

Swimming while wearing contact lenses can be dangerous and is not advised. The greatest risk with wearing contacts while swimming is that it puts you at risk of developing an eye infection when bacteria from the pool or other water gets stuck under your contact lens.

The bacteria that gets stuck under contact lenses can cause a condition called Acanthamoeba Keratitis, which is characterized by:

  • Eye Redness
  • Eye pain
  • Light sensitivity
  • Blurred vision

If you experience these symptoms after swimming with contacts, you should contact your eye doctor right away. 

If you still choose to wear contacts in the water, be sure to follow the following practices to help prevent eye infections:

Wear Waterproof Goggles – Wearing waterproof goggles while swimming with contact lenses may help prevent eye infections caused by bacteria from the water getting stuck under your contacts. 

If you are a serious swimmer that wants to forgo wearing contact lenses, you can purchase prescription swim goggles. There are a number of prescription swim goggle brands that cater to the needs of both recreational and sports swimmers. Not only will you protect your eyes and your contact lenses from germs and bacteria by wearing prescription goggles, you will also protect them from the chemicals used to treat pools and chemically resistant bacteria that may be lurking in the water. 

Replace Contacts ASAP – Completely replace your contact lenses as soon as possible after swimming – do not wear the same contacts again! Risk of infection is increased in water because there are lots of germs. Water also causes the contact lens to change in shape. 

Swimming with contacts is risky. Your eyesight is too important to risk and should be protected. To learn more, contact Saland Vision at 214-691-8000 or website today.