Optical

When to wear or remove contact lenses

Contact lenses are a great way to correct your vision, but there are times when it’s not a good idea to wear them for your health and comfort. Your optometrist can give you a detailed run down on your own prescription, but here are some answers to some common questions.

Can I wear contact lenses swimming?

No. Water can have dangerous bacteria and organisms in it that can cause serious eye infections. So don’t swim or shower with contact lenses in – it’s not just uncomfortable but can put you at risk of conditions like corneal ulcers (which is serious business).

What if I wear goggles?

Some people do use goggles over their contact lenses while swimming, but the safest option is to wear prescription goggles.

If any water does get into the eyes while wearing contacts, remove the lenses and clean them (or dispose of them if they are single use) as soon as possible.

Can I wear contact lenses snorkelling?

It makes sense you want to be able to see all that underwater action clearly. Some choose to wear a mask over contacts but water can still easily get into your eyes.

Did you know you can get a prescription mask? This is the best option to avoid any irritation or infection. You may also be able to hire one, or if you do a lot of snorkelling or diving, it might be worth buying your own.

Can I sleep with contacts in?

Some contacts can be worn for longer periods, including while you sleep. But even though some extended wear contact lenses can be worn for up to 30 days and nights, your eyes still need a break. Your optometrist can tell you how your prescription works.

If your contacts aren’t designed for extended wear or to be slept in, take them out and clean and disinfect them (or dispose of them if they are single use) every night to reduce the risk of infection.

Can I wear contacts while exercising?

Yes. If you’re on the move, soft contact lenses are safe and usually more convenient while exercising or playing sport. Glasses might slip around your face during exercise or can cause injury if you’re hit in the face.

This is where disposable lenses come in handy – you don’t have to worry about cleaning them and can just throw them away later.

We are here to help, ask your optometrist if you have any questions about contact lenses or book a contact lens fit or refresh today.