Can I wear contact lenses while swimming?
Swimming is a great way to stay active and have fun, especially during the hot summer months when the pool is the perfect place to cool off. But for those of us who wear contact lenses, there is always the question of whether it’s safe to wear them while swimming.
The short answer is no, you should not wear contact lenses while swimming.
Why? Well, there are a few reasons. First and foremost, contact lenses can absorb water, which can lead to an increased risk of infection. Chlorinated water can also cause irritation to the eyes, which can be exacerbated by wearing contact lenses.
But fear not! There are a few alternatives to wearing contact lenses while swimming.
1. Prescription goggles
Prescription goggles are a great option for those of us who need corrective lenses to see clearly. They come in a variety of styles and strengths, and can be purchased at most sporting goods stores.
2. Daily disposable contact lenses
If you absolutely have to wear contact lenses while swimming, using daily disposable lenses is the safest option. Just be sure to discard them immediately after swimming to avoid any potential issues.
3. Prescription swim masks
If you’re a serious swimmer, or just want to be able to see clearly while doing laps, a prescription swim mask might be the solution for you. They look a bit like scuba masks, but have corrective lenses built in.
So, while it’s not recommended to wear contact lenses while swimming, there are plenty of alternatives to make sure you can still enjoy yourself in the pool without sacrificing your vision or eye health.
Just remember to take care of your eyes and follow the proper precautions. And most importantly, have fun!