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SwimStud
March 14th, 2012, 12:18 PM
So the optician usually tell you not to wear them in the pool...well that ain't happening if I need to see a clock or the workout typed in anything less than REALLY BIG FONT.
So I a curious who out there wears contacts and if you rinse them after you swim to remove any chlorine or contaminants. I find that I get very sore and dry eyes by the end of the day even if using drops. sO just looking for input.

aztimm
March 14th, 2012, 12:33 PM
I've been wearing contacts to swim (with goggles) for as long as I can remember. Like you said, nearly all of my eye doctors have advised against this. Oddly when I had my eyes checked in Dec with a new doctor, she wasn't concerned at all.

I used to take a case, solution, glasses, extra lenses, etc with me in my swim bag. But I stopped doing that years ago. Occasionally I've lost a lens somewhere, driven home using one eye to guide me, but that happened only 3 or so times, the last was at least 3 years ago.

Sojerz
March 14th, 2012, 12:46 PM
So the optician usually tell you not to wear them in the pool...well that ain't happening if I need to see a clock or the workout typed in anything less than REALLY BIG FONT.
So I a curious who out there wears contacts and if you rinse them after you swim to remove any chlorine or contaminants. I find that I get very sore and dry eyes by the end of the day even if using drops. sO just looking for input.

definitely will troll this thread - have an appointment on 3/20 for exactly the same reason - can't see the pace clock, watch, and have squint to see the workout. Wondering if disposables are the best idea and what to do about distance and reading vision. My wife has two diffferent contacts.

CraigH
March 14th, 2012, 01:05 PM
I've also been swimming with contacts for years. My advice is to ensure that your goggles fit really well. Even a slow leak used to leave my eyes irritated, but no problems now with good-fitting googles.

JWAJack
March 14th, 2012, 01:06 PM
I've been swimming (but not semi-seriously until the last 3 or 4 years) with soft contacts for 25+ years, and never have had a problem. And I wear my lenses for 2-3 weeks at a time, without any issues.

poolraat
March 14th, 2012, 01:07 PM
I started wearing contact lenses when I swim (and for other workouts like spinning, biking, running, and so on) and it's worked well for me. I also have to print my workouts in a very large bold font so I can see what I'm supposed to be doing.

I wear the daily disposables but since I only wear them for a few hours a day, will use them for a week or more. I just rinse them and use fresh solution every time I take them out after workouts. I've recently discovered that I can manage by wearing only one lens, thus enabling me to see the pace clock and still be able to read normal type on my workout sheet.

sickfish
March 14th, 2012, 01:11 PM
I've been wearing contacts to swim (with goggles) for as long as I can remember.

Same here. I usually try to keep an extra pair in my bag or my car, just in case I end up doing starts or something and lose my goggles and hence my contacts. I've lost goggles without losing contacts, too. (The trick is to close your eyes really fast :P ) I haven't had any negative experiences. In fact, my optometrist occasionally swims with our evening workout group, and, while he did admonish me against using my contacts for much longer than their nominal lifetime, he did not mention any risk factors associated with using them in the pool. Everyone is probably different, though - my eyes absolutely love my contact lenses and I never ever want to take them out. You might want to see if your eye guy can recommend a more pool-friendly brand, if such a thing exists.

I had a pair of Speedo prescription goggles about ten years ago. They didn't actually match my prescription (I'm particularly nearsighted) but they were good enough to see the pace clock.

SwimStud
March 14th, 2012, 01:58 PM
Wow... a lot of interesting responses here. Thanks all.

Lenses aren't an issue during the swim so much as after I tend to feel that my eyes are mildly irritated as if I haven't worn goggles in the pool. It oculd be working in the aquatic environment causing or adding to this and not the swim per se. I think I'll do a midday rinse and see if that helps out.

nkfrench
March 14th, 2012, 03:29 PM
Same story from my eye doc.

I had problems with contacts getting ruined when they got splashed with pool water. So for water volleyball games / pool parties I would wear sunglasses and shut my eyes if I ended up underwater.

With goggles, no problems as long as goggles do not leak or fall off. My current lens is extended wear disposable and I keep a spare in my swim bag. Since I only wear one contact, getting it ruined means I am not legal to drive home. If we are going to practice block starts or at meets, I would tighten up the goggle strap a bit.

There may be other considerations if your eyesight is extremely impaired -- I am able to navigate comfortably without correction, ymmv -- or if you are planning to do SCUBA or other deep diving. Not aware of any, just speculating.

The Fortress
March 14th, 2012, 03:45 PM
Wow... a lot of interesting responses here. Thanks all.

Lenses aren't an issue during the swim so much as after I tend to feel that my eyes are mildly irritated as if I haven't worn goggles in the pool. It oculd be working in the aquatic environment causing or adding to this and not the swim per se. I think I'll do a midday rinse and see if that helps out.

I wear my contacts while swimming. I've tried prescription goggles, but dislike them. I've had dry eye problems for years. Rinsing afterward seems to help. I also take flax seed supplements and restasis (prescribed by my doc) for dry eye, which seems to have helped. I also try to take my contacts off early in the evening (when I remember) (also suggested by my doc). Dump drops in eyes 4-5 x a day.

Never go swimming immediately prior to a doctor's appt. I did that last time, and my doctor was absolutely horrified at how irritated my eyes looked. I was also at the end of a 2 week pair.

Paul 1953
March 14th, 2012, 04:13 PM
Yes Boston Gas Perms for 30 years.

Lost a half dozen not realizing they were floating in the bottom of my goggles when I pulled em off (again just last week!).

Worst is having to pop one out to clean in your mouth right after a workout and inhaling it because you're breathing so hard :badday:


I haven't had any negative experiences.
Really??

Man I must be a clutz!

orca1946
March 14th, 2012, 04:43 PM
30 years & counting with last month's contacts for pool use. Yes rub with solution when you take them out to clean off as much junk as poss.

2fish&1whale
March 14th, 2012, 04:44 PM
I've opted to wear my soft contacts while I swim-I just make sure I adjust my goggles for fit periodically during my swim.Without them I would be so blind,just an accident waiting to happen-plus,not seeing in focus makes me really nauseous.What could be irritating your eyes is the vacuum you create when you suction your goggles to your face.If you do not remove your goggles every so often during a swim it pretty much prevents your contacts from 'breathing'.Rinsing them off after your swim is not a bad idea-I don't, since I have no problems with mine-but it can't hurt.

I'm currently sitting out of the pool because I had a nasty allergic reaction to something in one eye ....the pain and light sensitivity in finaly got so bad I drove myself to the eye Dr. while covering the bad eye with my hand.Doing steroid and antibiotic eye drops now and I am not taking any chances with going in the pool until this is cleared up.Not wearing any contacts or either-sucks big time.....but my vision is already crap-I can't afford to blind myself completely!

jessicafk11
March 14th, 2012, 05:10 PM
In high school I used to take them out before I swam, go blind the entire time (somehow manage ok even though I was pretty blind even then) and put them back in after we were done. I think this made sense since I had one pair for the year and losing one would have meant my parents would have been very upset.

When I returned to swimming as an adult I was wearing the kind that got changed every 2 weeks so losing one was not such a big deal. I kept an old pair of glasses in my car just in case since I couldn't see well enough with only one to have driven home (I assumed I would be able to find the car but I'm not totally confident I would have managed even that with only one). I never needed them. I put eye drops in my eyes after swimming but I had very dry eyes all the time so I put drops in my eyes about 15 times a day anyway.

In 2010 I started having issues and had to stop wearing them for a while. I went blind in the pool a couple times but then got optical goggles.

October 2010 I got LASIK. Best decision EVER! My eyes are so much healthier and I no longer have to worry about contacts and swimming!

PatrickJM
March 14th, 2012, 06:05 PM
I always thought swimming with contacts would be a terrible way to spend the rest of the day -red red eyes! So I always took them out, and even fashioned a personal pace clock out of a $3.99 clock you can get at Target. And I always spent the day with red red eyes. A friend suggested swimming with then and while it was great to see around me, my eyes are actually less irritated. Anybody know why?

And if anyone wants the instructions on making a personal pace clock let me know.

Lui
March 14th, 2012, 06:05 PM
I've been swimming for 20 years now and I wear contacts for 20 years. I never got the advice not to wear them during swimming. Having said that, I never mentioned my swimming. I never had a problem as long as water doesn't get into my goggles(I never lost a contact ever nor did I get red eyes).
Without my contacts I'm blind as a bat. I never wear my glasses anywhere in public because I'm farsighted which makes your eyes look huge with glasses(like a super nerd).
What I think is great are these new bungee straps for my swedes. It makes adjusting a lot easier.

I just remembered that I did used to get red eyes from my contacts but I assumed it was because of the contact lenses and not from swimming. I used to use Focus monthly contact lenses. After that i switched to Cibavison Night&Day lenses and never had a problem again.

couldbebetterfly
March 14th, 2012, 06:15 PM
Wow... a lot of interesting responses here. Thanks all.

Lenses aren't an issue during the swim so much as after I tend to feel that my eyes are mildly irritated as if I haven't worn goggles in the pool. It oculd be working in the aquatic environment causing or adding to this and not the swim per se. I think I'll do a midday rinse and see if that helps out.

As soon as I started swimming 3+ times per week I had that happen, in fact they seemed to feel dry and itchy for days, so I switched to optical goggles. I put it down to still living in the dark ages and wearing RGPs rather than daily disposables, or maybe it was the chemicals?

I do sometimes swim in my contacts, but not often, and always SCUBA'ed in them, but I've not done that in about 7 years.

jaadams1
March 14th, 2012, 07:09 PM
I sure hope I never have to get glasses. :D

Spock
March 15th, 2012, 02:23 AM
Before I had LASIK, I played college water polo wearing soft contacts. By comparison, swimming with goggles was a piece of cake!

Stevepowell
March 15th, 2012, 08:53 AM
I just came across ortho-k where you wear the contact at night to reshape the cornea for corrected vision in the day without lenses. Sounds interesting. Kinda like a retainer for your eyes.

http://www.allaboutvision.com/contacts/orthok.htm

ullahe
March 15th, 2012, 10:43 AM
I have been swimming with RGP contacts and goggles for a couple of years now. Used to swim semi-blind, but it is nice to be able to see!! Contrary to another person's comment, RGPs are not old fashioned, are better for your eyes and cost a whole lot less than disposables. To protect my every-day lenses, I use an older pair while I swim. So far, I have not had any issues with my eyes.

Sojerz
March 15th, 2012, 11:50 AM
I always thought swimming with contacts would be a terrible way to spend the rest of the day -red red eyes! So I always took them out, and even fashioned a personal pace clock out of a $3.99 clock you can get at Target. And I always spent the day with red red eyes. A friend suggested swimming with then and while it was great to see around me, my eyes are actually less irritated. Anybody know why?

And if anyone wants the instructions on making a personal pace clock let me know.

I never have a pace clock and struggle to see the sweep hand on the wall clock. I thought about buying a portable pace clock from speedo or one of the other online sources of swim stuff, but they're about $160 or so. Never thoughr of a clock from Target - please post a pic or description. Is it waterprooof ?? THANKS

Sojerz
March 15th, 2012, 12:05 PM
I just came across ortho-k where you wear the contact at night to reshape the cornea for corrected vision in the day without lenses. Sounds interesting. Kinda like a retainer for your eyes.

http://www.allaboutvision.com/contacts/orthok.htm

Thanks Steve, I had 20/20 vision 'til about age 50. I've become nearsighted over the years and need glalsses to read street signs, see the baseball at a game, etc. But, I also now need reading glasses to see small print, so i have prgressive lenses. I will ask about the orto-ks - sounds like they might be a solution for one of the problems. My appointment is next thursday with an optometrist at lens crafters that was helpful.

PatrickJM
March 15th, 2012, 06:28 PM
I never have a pace clock and struggle to see the sweep hand on the wall clock. I thought about buying a portable pace clock from speedo or one of the other online sources of swim stuff, but they're about $160 or so. Never thoughr of a clock from Target - please post a pic or description. Is it waterprooof ?? THANKS

It's waterproof enough but you need to laminate the printout. First go to Target and buy this clock: http://www.target.com/p/Room-Essentials-Style-Silver-Round-Wall-Clock-9/-/A-13732033

The plastic face has clips on the top and bottom so a thin screwdriver will pry it open. Remove all three hands and print out the pace clock face (I'm going to try to attach as a jpeg -the size should be perfect). Laminate the clock face (if you can't I'll mail you one) and cut the round circumference, and punch the center hole just enough so it fits over the hands stem. Don't bother trying to remove the original clock face, the laminate pace face will cover it well, but use a little glue too. Once the pace clock face is on you can replace the minute and second hand, though I just use the second hand. I also cut out and glued a larger red second hand onto the original second hand but it's not necessary. Replace the plastic cover and with one AA battery you're in business. I've gotten the clock plenty wet and it still keeps going, though I do remove the battery when I'm not swimming.

Please let me know if this helps. If you need I'll make the clock for you -it's a fun project.

PatrickJM
March 15th, 2012, 06:37 PM
Thanks Steve, I had 20/20 vision 'til about age 50. I've become nearsighted over the years and need glalsses to read street signs, see the baseball at a game, etc. But, I also now need reading glasses to see small print, so i have prgressive lenses. I will ask about the orto-ks - sounds like they might be a solution for one of the problems. My appointment is next thursday with an optometrist at lens crafters that was helpful.

Three quick notes about the pace clock I made.... I'm not sure the link goes to the correct clock but Target does/did have a $4.99 one. It's the same packaging though so you'll know what you're looking for. And before you glue the laminated pace clock face in place, make sure you've cut it at a circumference that fits. My jpeg might be a little larger intentionally so the black border covers the underface entirely. Again, if you need anythng, please let me know. And it won't stand up on it's own (why didn't Target make a square one?), so I glued a little base on the bottom. You could also add a little rope and hang it the starting block.

Sojerz
March 15th, 2012, 09:02 PM
Three quick notes about the pace clock I made.... I'm not sure the link goes to the correct clock but Target does/did have a $4.99 one. It's the same packaging though so you'll know what you're looking for. And before you glue the laminated pace clock face in place, make sure you've cut it at a circumference that fits. My jpeg might be a little larger intentionally so the black border covers the underface entirely. Again, if you need anythng, please let me know. And it won't stand up on it's own (why didn't Target make a square one?), so I glued a little base on the bottom. You could also add a little rope and hang it the starting block.

Patrick,

Thanks for the response. I printed out the face and the link and will try to stop at target over the weekend - i can get the face laminated at kinkos or staples, both nearby. A great idea. May make two - one for each end.

And, most importantly:


HAPPY ST PATRICK'S DAY

magick17
March 16th, 2012, 05:39 AM
I developed blisters on my eyes after swimming in contacts. It took about two weeks to recover. It was difficult to see and felt like I had very dry eyes.
I willNEVER wear ontacts again for workouts!

adsollm
March 16th, 2012, 09:40 AM
recently i have started to get two different types of contacts.

i have the pair i wear for all around use. i have some horrible eyesight and quite astigmatic to boot. so these are monthly contacts and will end up getting gummed up early if i swim in them too often.

to avoid that i also got a box of daily disposable contacts. non-astigmatic to make them quite a bit cheaper. they arent the most useful things for wearing around all day, but theyll work in a pinch. i can read the workouts and clocks well enough to get by just fine.

that whole business was suggested by my eye doctor when i told her that i swam and it seems to work nicely. the only downfall is that it might be slightly more expensive than what some would like to spend.

philoswimmer
March 16th, 2012, 12:04 PM
I wear prescription goggles and love them. My eyes never feel right after swimming with contacts.

Celestial
March 26th, 2012, 06:40 PM
I developed blisters on my eyes after swimming in contacts. It took about two weeks to recover.

You are fortunate. I have just been diagnosed with keratitis - actually it's been about a month now, and now I am OUT OF CONTACTS for the next three months. I've been wearing my contacts only minimally, but my eyes still have not recovered. Had a referral to an ophthamologist this am, who is also a swimmer (NOT Dr.Gary Hall, darn :)) who says that people (women) in their 40-50's often start developing dry eyes whether they wear contacts, swim, or not. So now I have a Rx for Restasis & glasses to wear. He says I should be able to go back to wearing my contacts, but should use a lubricant several times a day. Maybe this will help those of you who have problems - use eye lubricant approved for contact lens' several times a day.

Celestial
March 26th, 2012, 06:45 PM
Lost a half dozen not realizing they were floating in the bottom of my goggles when I pulled em off (again just last week!).

Worst is having to pop one out to clean in your mouth right after a workout and inhaling it because you're breathing so hard :badday:
:rofl:

TUTs_mama
March 27th, 2012, 03:49 AM
As soon as I started swimming 3+ times per week I had that happen, in fact they seemed to feel dry and itchy for days, so I switched to optical goggles. I put it down to still living in the dark ages and wearing RGPs rather than daily disposables, or maybe it was the chemicals?

I do sometimes swim in my contacts, but not often, and always SCUBA'ed in them, but I've not done that in about 7 years.

I don't wear contacts, but I am dependant on my glasses for distance and clarity. For Scuba diving, I bought a mask with the prescription lenses, over the counter $150, and they are amazing!!! Just using the generic -4.0 lenses but I can focus and actually make things out in the distance. I recommend them to anyone who dives and needs vision correction.

orca1946
March 27th, 2012, 11:05 AM
I wear last month's contacts for the pool, so if I lose them it's no big deal.
After swimming I always clean & rub junk off & store them for next swim.

selkie
March 27th, 2012, 11:06 PM
I've got -15 myopia, so the prescription goggle options are limited to the ones guaranteed to leak horribly against my face. Consequently, I've gone with RGPs and goggles since I was 15 and I've generally had no issues with them.

Fresnoid
March 27th, 2012, 11:27 PM
Disposable contacts work great for any activity including swimming with goggles.

gdanner
March 29th, 2012, 12:28 AM
I've worn 2 week disposable soft contact lenses in the pool for over ten years. I don't do anything special before or after the workout. My prescription has stayed the same for the last 5 some odd years and I haven't had any problems.