BCLA advising on swimming with lenses
Please find below the advice from The British Contact Lens Association on swimming with contact lenses:
The BCLA advices not wear contact lenses for swimming – or in hot tubs or whilst showering or participating in water sports – unless wearing tight-fitting goggles over the top. After swimming – or if lenses are removed and stored whilst swimming – contact lenses should be cleaned and disinfected in fresh solution before putting them back on the eyes.
The BCLA suggests to regular swimmers talking to an eye care professional about being fitted with daily disposable contact lenses for use with goggles whilst swimming. Daily disposable contact lenses should always be discarded immediately after swimming.
BCLA President, Dr Catharine Chisholm, commented: “Thankfully it is extremely rare for someone to develop an eye infection as a result of their lenses coming into contact with water – and even less common for this to result in a loss of vision. However, infections of the cornea can be very serious and are most commonly associated with patients not following the instructions for lens care and wear given to them by their eye care practitioner (ECP).“
Contact us for more information and guidance on contact lens wear and care, or whether you could be fitted with Ortho K lenses. Ortho K contact lenses are worn overnight, leaving one with perfect vision during the day. They are great alternative for standard contact lenses, especially for activities where the standard lenses cause discomfort or the risk of infection, like swimming or diving.