01.08.2012

Swimming in contact lenses "a big no-no"

Swimming in contact lenses "a big no-no"

By Alexa Kaczka

People heading on their summer holidays in the near future have been advised to ensure they take their contact lenses with them, but keep them away from the swimming pool.

According to All About Vision, contact lenses and swimming pool water are not a great mix, and so people need to ensure that they remove the products before jumping into the pool.

If it is absolutely essential that contacts are worn when swimming, there are ways around it, however, with one solution being to wear a special type of water-tight goggles.

These provide a greater degree of suction to normal goggles and can help to keep the contacts free from the effects of swimming pool water while people splash around, explained Dr Gary Heiting, senior editor at the website.

He noted that, for those who choose to swim while wearing contacts, daily disposable contact lenses are the safest option to be worn under the special goggles.

"Daily disposables can be discarded immediately after swimming and replaced with a fresh pair of lenses," the expert added.

by Adrian Galbreth


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