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Swimming with contact lenses

Swimming without goggles raises your chances of losing a lens significantly. If you open your eyes underwater, or get water splashed into your face, you may lose a lens. In addiiton, it increases the possibility of getting an infection form the water, particularly from swimming pools and you can find that the contact lenses absorb chlorine, which can then be bound into the contact lens and released into your eye later, resulting in discomfort.

If you are going to swim with contact lenses, you are generally safe with well fitting swimming goggles.

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Scuba Diving with Contact Lenses

Author: John Dreyer Optometrist Bsc(Hons), MCOPTOM, DipCLP
Created: 24 Apr 2015, Last modified: 17 Jul 2019