Whether swimming, sailing, water skiing or scuba diving, it’s important that you take precautions to protect your eyes.
- Wear goggles to protect your eyes when in the water as chlorine can irritate the eyes and may cause redness.
- Do not swim wearing contact lenses.
- Always remove your lenses before showering or using a hot tub because there are bugs in the water which may lead to a particularly nasty eye infection and wearing contact lenses increases the risk of contracting such an infection. If you are a contact lens or glasses wearer, prescription swimming goggles are available at a modest cost.
Outdoor – Camping & Festivals
- It can be tricky for contact lenses wearers to keep up hygiene levels for lens care if you are camping or staying at festivals. Research has showed that more than 15 per cent of contact lens wearers will pick a contact lens off the floor and put it straight in their eye without cleaning it, and one in five people lick their lens before inserting them.
- Always wash your hands before you put your contact lenses in your eyes.
- Use the contact lens solutions that are recommended by your contact lens practitioner – never use tap water, the wrong solution, or lick them.
- If you wear re-usable contact lenses, make sure you clean and disinfect them with the recommended contact lens solution between uses and clean them thoroughly if they drop on the floor.
- If you have difficulty keeping your contact lens care routine whilst camping, consider wearing your spectacles instead or even trying daily disposable contact lenses for holidays so that you don’t have to worry about contact lens solutions whilst you are away.
Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician.
For more information and to book and eye examination please contact us:
McKenna & Scott Pinelands
Tel: 021 531 1953