The summer heat in North Texas means one thing: it’s time to hit
the swimming pool! You may not consider swimming to be an activity that
puts your vision at risk, but you might be surprised. If you don’t
eye protectionwhile swimming, you could contract an infection or damage your eyes from
Before you head out to the swimming pool, review these tips for summer
eye care to protect your eyes against infection and damage from chemicals
in the water:
Do not wear contact lenseswhile swimming. If you wear your contact lenses in the pool and swim with your eyes open,
you could lose your contact lenses in the pool. If you lose a contact
lens in the swimming pool, you’ll never find it!
Wearing contact lenses while swimming also increase your risk of eye infection
from microorganisms in the water. Any microorganisms in the swimming pool
can get stuck on your contact lenses, irritating your eye or causing an
Consider LASIK eye surgery so you won’t have to worry about not being
able to see while swimming or losing your contacts in the pool!
Always wear goggles. Never swim with your eyes open under water without wearing goggles. Swimming
with your eyes open can cause redness as well as burning or dry eyes.
The chemicals and pH levels in the pool can damage your eyes. Wearing
goggles not only protects your eyes from chemicals in the pool, but you
will also see more clearly under water if you wear goggles.
Wear UV-blocking sunglasses. When you’re outside this summer, protect your eyes from the damaging
rays of the sun. Always wear sunglasses that block both the UVA and UVB
rays of the sun. If you plan on spending a lot of time in the pool, you
may also want to consider purchasing goggles with UV protection because
water reflects the sun doubling UV exposure.
Don’t let your vision keep you from enjoying the pool this summer.
If you want to be able to see clearly while swimming, schedule a
free consultation with the team at Key-Whitman about LASIK eye surgery.
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