Over the weekend my husband took our kids to the local rec center pool for a swim. Prior to leaving, he packed up his contacts to put in for his workout and then the swim. For some reason – this got me thinking – is it dangerous to wear your contacts when you swim? I am guessing that our rec center pool isn’t the cleanest one in the whole world. But I would assume it’s treated with enough chlorine to kill just about anything that could harm your eyes.
So I did a little bit of research and discovered that wearing your contacts while swimming can be very dangerous. In fact, in one case, a young woman lost her sight in one eye due to swimming (in a hotel pool) with her contacts in. Apparently, “acanthamoeba keratitis, a parasite found in almost all soil, fresh water and sea water” got between her contact and her eye causing a terrible eye infection which lead to her loss of sight in that eye. Horrible.
Nevertheless, I still do it – I wear my contacts swimming all the time. I mean, how else am I going to see? But after learning about the danger associated with this practice, I will definitely be more vigilant about wearing some very tight goggles when I go swimming… that is until I schedule my LASIK procedure.