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Swimming, Bathing, Showering with Contact Lenses: Everything You Need to Know

Swimming, Bathing, Showering with Contact Lenses: Everything You Need to Know
Swimming, Bathing, Showering with Contact Lenses: Everything You Need to Know

Introduction

Are you considering swimming, bathing, or showering with contact lenses? Here you'll find answers to all your questions and tips for protecting your eyes.

General Guidelines

In general, it's fine to swim with lenses in various settings, but remember to avoid direct contact with water. Additionally, maintain high hygiene standards by either switching to new lenses immediately after swimming or thoroughly disinfecting your monthly lenses with contact lens solution as per the optician's recommendation.

  • Preferably use swim goggles to protect your eyes from water and chlorine.
  • Remove the lenses as soon as possible after swimming.
  • Clean and disinfect your lenses thoroughly with lens solution, following the optician's instructions.

Swimming at Public Pools

Yes, swimming at a public pool with lenses is generally fine. However, it's important to be cautious and extra careful to maintain your hygiene routine. Pool water may contain bacteria and microorganisms that can stick to the lenses and cause eye infections. Chlorine in pools can also irritate the eyes and dry out the lenses.

Tips: Consider using daily disposable lenses instead of monthly ones for maximum hygiene. Popular alternatives include Dailies Total 1, Biomedics 1 Day Extra, and Dailies Aquacomfort Plus.

Swimming in the Sea or Lakes

Yes, you can usually swim in the sea or a lake with your contact lenses. However, be aware of an increased risk of infection when in contact with water. To minimize the risk of infections and avoid losing your lenses, it's wise to refrain from rubbing your eyes or staying underwater. Using swim goggles for extra protection is recommended.

Showering with Lenses

If possible, it's best to remove your lenses before showering. Water from the shower can dry out the lenses and make them uncomfortable, and there's a risk of bacteria getting trapped on the lenses.

Important Reminders

  • If you're unsure about anything, consult your optician.
  • Always follow your optician's recommendations.
  • Be cautious with your eyes.

By following these tips, you can swim, bathe, and shower with lenses safely.

Need Further Assistance?

If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact your optician.