Eye Protection for Summer Swimming

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 8-Jun-2012

glassespoolsideThe 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 use proper eye protection while swimming, you could contract an infection or damage your eyes from chemicals.

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 lenses whileswimming. 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 infection.

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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