Can I Wear My Contacts While Swimming?

Published: August 25, 2014
Dear Can I Wear My Contacts While Swimming?,

Can I wear my contacts when I'm swimming in the water?

Dear Can I Wear My Contacts While Swimming?,

In order to help prevent infections it is good to minimize contact between water and your contact lenses in general. This involves removing lenses before you bathe, swim, or use a hot tub.

Swimming with contact lenses should be avoided whenever possible to help prevent bacterial contamination of the eyes. Swimming with contacts can result in eye infections, irritation and even potentially sight-threatening conditions such as corneal ulcer.

The FDA actually recommends that contact lenses should not be exposed to any kind of water, including tap water and water in swimming pools, oceans, lakes, hot tubs and showers.

If you are going to swim while wearing contact lenses, the best way to reduce your risk of eye irritation and infection is to wear waterproof swim goggles. And if water does get in your eyes when swimming with goggles, you should remove, clean and disinfect your contact lenses as soon as possible to reduce your risk of eye irritation and infection.

A better option than using contacts and goggles is to invest in some prescription swim goggles. That way you can see well while swimming without having to wear your contacts.

TeenHealthFX recommends you go to your eye doctor with any questions or concerns when it comes to appropriate and healthy use of your contact lenses. Your doctor will be able to best advise you on what is healthiest for you.