It’s a hot summer day and you’re at the pool with your friends. You want to join in on the fun but you can’t because you have to wear glasses and they keep slipping off your face. You wish you could just put in your contacts and be done with it but you’ve heard that you shouldn’t swim with them in. Is that true? Let’s find out.
Can You Swim with Glasses?
The short answer is yes, you can swim with glasses. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, make sure your glasses are snug and secure so they don’t fall off while you’re swimming. Second, be aware that chlorinated water can damage your lenses, so it’s important to rinse your glasses off as soon as you get out of the pool. Finally, keep in mind that while prescription swim goggles are available, they can be expensive. If you wear contacts, it may be cheaper and easier to just swim with them in.
Can You Wear Contact Lenses While Swimming?
The short answer is no, you should not wear your contact lenses while swimming. Water is full of bacteria that can infect your eyes, and even if the water is clean, there is a risk of losing your lenses in the water. If you must swim with contact lenses, make sure to wear goggles over your lenses to protect them from the water.
The type of water you’re swimming in is important. If you’re swimming in a chlorinated pool, there is a higher risk of eye irritation and infection. This is because chlorine can cause dryness and redness in the eyes. If you must swim with contacts, be sure to use goggles to protect your eyes from the chlorine. Salt water is less irritating to the eyes, so if you’re swimming in the ocean or a saltwater pool, you may be able to get away with wearing contacts.
Can You Wear Hard Contact Lenses While Swimming?
Hard contact lenses are not recommended for swimming because they can trap bacteria and other contaminants behind the lens. This can lead to serious eye infections. If you must swim with hard contact lenses, be sure to clean your lenses thoroughly afterwards with a sterile solution.
Can You Wear Soft Contact Lenses While Swimming?
Soft contact lenses are a safe option for swimming, as long as you take a few precautions. First, always swim in clean water that is free of bacteria and other contaminants. Second, wear goggles to protect your eyes from the chlorine in pool water. Third, take your lenses out as soon as you get out of the pool and clean them with a sterile solution. fourth, never swim without goggles if you have soft contact lenses in.
Why You Shouldn’t Wear Contact Lenses While Swimming
Water is a breeding ground for bacteria, and when that bacteria gets into your eyes, it can cause an infection. Even if you are wearing waterproof contact lenses, it is still not recommended to swim with them because the water can cause irritation and redness in your eyes. In addition, there is always a risk of losing your lenses in the water if they come out of your eyes.
If You Must Swim with Contact Lenses
If you must swim with contact lenses, there are a few things you can do to protect your eyes and lenses from the water. First, make sure to wear goggles over your lenses. This will create a barrier between the water and your eyes so that bacteria cannot get in and irritate your eyes. Second, take out your contact lenses as soon as possible after swimming and clean them thoroughly before putting them back in your eyes. This will help to remove any bacteria that may have gotten on them while swimming.
So there you have it! You should not put your contact lenses in before swimming but wearing goggles over them is perfectly fine. Just remember to take them out as soon as you are done swimming and wash your hands thoroughly before putting them back in. And always consult with your doctor before making any changes to your contact lens routine.