Wearing swimming goggles over contact lenses "lowers risks"

Wearing swimming goggles over contact lenses "lowers risks"

The risk of developing an eye infection when swimming can be lowered through wearing goggles over contact lenses, a new study has shown.

Research published by the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) shows that those who wear contact lenses while swimming but do not wear goggles have a much higher risk of contracting an eye condition.

The study, which analysed 23 subjects, noted that there was a 70 per cent higher risk of developing infection in those who did not wear goggles compared with those who chose to put them on.

"Consistently, fewer bacterial colonies were found on the goggled contact lens, thus suggesting goggles offer some protection against bacterial colonisation of contact lenses while swimming," the AAO said.

Recently, safety advice was issued by Troy Maydew, an optometrist at Maydew Thibault Optometry in Pratt, who told Kansan.com that instructions are placed on the contact lens packaging for good reason, and so daily contact lenses should not be worn for more than 24 hours.

by Emily Tait

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