Swimming Without Glasses & Contacts

Posted on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 by Dr. Binoy Jani

For many people, contact lenses and glasses are lifesavers as they provide the ability to see clearly and accomplish many daily tasks and activities. However, there are downsides to wearing them, especially when water is involved. Vista Eye Specialists shares some of the downsides of swimming with prescription eyewear and how LASIK can improve both your eyesight and swimming experience.



Why Swimming with Contacts Is Dangerous

The FDA recommends that contact lenses not be exposed to any kind of water, including water in swimming pools, hot tubs, lakes and oceans. Here are a few reasons why:

Infection: Water is home to countless bacteria and microbes. Some bacteria can attach to contact lenses and infect the cornea. Certain infections can cause permanent vision loss and may even require a corneal transplant. The chance of infection increases when the contact lenses are not properly cared for.

Irritation: Contact lenses can absorb chemicals and bacteria, which can cause painful irritation and discomfort.

Lens Loss: Contact lenses can dislodge from your eye while swimming, and it is nearly impossible to find them again. As a result, you could be left with blurry vision and having to purchase a new set of lenses.

By now, you are aware that you should not swim with your glasses on. But even so, glasses can put a damper on your swimming experience. If you wear glasses, you likely spend time figuring out a place to store them while you’re in the water. It’s not uncommon for individuals to lose or break their glasses by the pool, on a boat or beach. For these reasons, wearing glasses can make your swimming experience a less enjoyable one.

See Clearly and Swim Freely with LASIK

Are you an avid swimmer? Do you lead an active lifestyle but feel that your glasses or contacts are holding you back? If you answered yes to either of these questions, LASIK can help you see clearer and be ready to take a dip in the water at a moment’s notice. The laser vision correction procedure involves reshaping the curvature of the cornea so the eye can focus light more accurately. The procedure is short as is recovery; most people see an improvement in vision a day after surgery. You should avoid swimming for at least two weeks. Ultimately, your LASIK surgeon will determine when your eyes are fully healed and it’s safe for you to get back into the water. Once you’re given the greenlight, there will be nothing stopping you from swimming.

Since some LASIK candidates might have been fortunate enough to get some money back from their Tax Refund, Vista Eye Specialists are offering limited time special to encourage these people to get this life changing procedure.$500 Off All Laser LASIK Vision Correction from now through the end of May 2018. The consultations are Free to see if you are a candidate!

Get started on clearer vision by scheduling a LASIK consultation. Contact Vista Eye Specialists by calling 1-888-EYE-JANI (393-5264) today.