Swimming with Contact Lenses

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Can I wear contact lenses while swimming?

Swimming with Contact Lenses

Swimming while wearing contact lenses is not recommended. Many individuals who dip into a pool, river, lake or ocean to cool off on a hot day do not remove their contact lenses prior to doing so. However, removing contact lenses before swimming is recommended for a couple of reasons:

  • The chlorine used in a pool can be damaging to the surface of contact lenses.
  • Contact lenses can shift on the eye or be dislodged completely as a result of submersion or splashing.

   

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