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crunchaweezy's avatar

Can I wear contacts in the pool?

Asked by crunchaweezy (1733points) June 12th, 2008

I want to know whether I can wear them during swimming.

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gailcalled's avatar

Not without goggles. They will float away when you open your eyes underwater. Not a good idea anyway.

robmandu's avatar

Yes, works for me. But don’t open your eyes too wide else they’ll float off.

heh, @gail is right, of course… but if you’re wearing disposables, the risk isn’t too great since you have more at home.

gailcalled's avatar

So there you have it. Yes and no. Take your choice. (How much ready cash do you have?)

crunchaweezy's avatar

I have loads. So thanks ;)

gailcalled's avatar

When I wore contacts, I used to think about getting goggles or a snorkel mask made to my RX. Then I decided that I hated the contacts and went back to wearing glasses.

However, the water helps one’s refraction index; so when I open my eyes under water I see fairly well – better than on land w/o my glasses.

jlm11f's avatar

I have gone swimming numerous times with contacts. I was okay except for the fact that later on in the night, it was a lot harder to take out the contacts because they had dried and really stuck to my eyes. they were okay the next day (after spending the night in contact solution).

Randy's avatar

I just don’t open my eyes underwater. No problem at all if ya keep them closed.

AstroChuck's avatar

Gail is right. Unless you want to risk losing them. Maybe if you have disposible ones it would be okay to chance it. I lost one of mine in Hawaii when I forgot to take them out. When I came out of the water things didn’t look right. That’s when I realized what I’d done. Fortunately, I had a packed a spare set. Now I either wear goggles or just take them out whenever I go swimming.

lifeflame's avatar

Yes… and if you are going to wear contacts, remember to get it 0.5 less than your usual prescription because (as Gail points out) the water refracts.

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