Swimmers warned of risks of wearing contact lenses

Swimmers warned of risks of wearing contact lenses

Keen swimmers who wear their contact lenses in the water have been warned that they could be affected by Acanthamoeba keratitis.

Keith Tempany, BCLA council member, said that lens wearers should not swim in their lenses, or use them for taking part in water sports. "If reusable lenses are worn, they should always be discarded if they accidentally come into contact with water. Daily disposables are therefore a better choice for swimmers."

Recent Alcon research indicated that 46 per cent of practitioners recommend goggles for swimmers who require contact lenses.

29 per cent advised people to use made-to-order powered goggles, 13 per cent said they would choose contact lenses with close fitting goggles, while 7 per cent avoid wearing contact lenses, 3 per cent recommended plano (no power) swimming goggles and 2 per cent contact lenses only.

The dangers of swimming in contact lenses were highlighted recently, when Jennie Hurst developed an infection in one eye after using a pool with her lenses in.

She was referred to Southampton General Hospital, given drops and on return a week later found that she had Acanthamoeba keratitis. After six operations in a year she is still having treatment in an attempt to regain vision in the damaged eye.ADNFCR-1853-ID-801437304-ADNFCR

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