I need contact lens/swimming advice

I need contact lens/swimming advice

Post by Deborah Ilene Arac » Wed, 16 Feb 1994 09:25:43


 Dear friends,
        I'm a high school-age swimmer who needs eye advice. I am just starting
to wear my contacts in the water (twice daily) after being fed up with my
coach not understanding why I never leave on time. My eyes have been okay
I think. They feel a bit suffocated afterwards, but no major problems. Is
it unhealthy to wear contact lenses while I swim?  I ,of course, wear
goggles so it's not as if they are exposed to a lot of chlorine, but after I get out the contacts are kind of blurry. Does anyone know about the safety of
this? It really is an advantage; I like being able to see!
        Any information you can give me would be appreciated. You can e-mail

                Thanks!
        -Elizabeth :)
 
 
 

I need contact lens/swimming advice

Post by Dane Spearin » Wed, 16 Feb 1994 09:45:54

I've been wearing soft contacts while I swim for about 8 or 9 years now,
and have had no problems whatsoever.  Never lost one, never had any
eye irritation over and above what I normally experience.

I agree that it sure is nice to be able to see things (like the *clock*!)

The slight blurriness you experience afterwards is probably due
to a moderdate desalination of your contact while you swim.
The blurriness should go away withing about 15-20 minutes after
you get out.  If it doesn't it might be something else and you
should see your optometrist.

 -- Dane

 
 
 

I need contact lens/swimming advice

Post by Ross Dicks » Wed, 16 Feb 1994 15:51:04

I've had no problem with my contacts other than the occasional blurryness,
but regular eye drops like clears or hypotears solve that problem. The most
important thing is to remember is, if you get water in your eye, take the
lenses out immediately after parctice and disenfect them. This is bacause
the biggest problem with contacts in the pool other than loss is that
contacts are perfect for growing *** thing.

--
ross
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remember--
It's not whether you win or lose.
It's how you place the blame.
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I need contact lens/swimming advice

Post by Eric Wei » Thu, 17 Feb 1994 00:36:55

My only problem is that I once lost a contact lens while taking off my goggles.
I never could find the thing.

I do still wear them occassionally, but I also have a pair of "prescription"
goggles that I got at a general purpose atheltics store (Hermans) for about
$25.  The problem with the goggles is that they don't fit my face very well so
I end up using that sealer gunk.

I would treat your lenses to some sort of disinfection/cleaning after swimming.

 
 
 

I need contact lens/swimming advice

Post by Peter Cha » Thu, 17 Feb 1994 04:11:32


(stuff deleted)
Quote:
>The slight blurriness you experience afterwards is probably due
>to a moderdate desalination of your contact while you swim.
>The blurriness should go away withing about 15-20 minutes after
>you get out.  If it doesn't it might be something else and you
>should see your optometrist.

I have had a similar problem: dry contacts for the remainder of the
day after swimming. My optometrist told me that the discomfort may be
due to my getting a good dose of bacteria under my lenses while swimming.
Can this be true?  How much of an effect does the chlorinated water
(whatever small amounts do end up getting in the eye despite goggles)
have on the wetness of the eyes? I finally decided to not wear lenses
during early morning workouts and have had much more comfort fo the
rest of the day.

Peter
who swims at the Montgomery AC, Rockville, MD

 
 
 

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Post by John L. Courtn » Thu, 17 Feb 1994 04:39:38


Quote:
>     I am just starting
>to wear my contacts in the water (twice daily) after being fed up with my
>coach not understanding why I never leave on time.

                                     ^^^^^^^^^^^^^?????

Is your coach nearsighted? If so, he/she ought to have a bit more empathy
and advice. If not, he/she has the sensitivity of a grizzly bear for
bugging you about this to the point that you're fed up.

Quote:
>                                                   My eyes have been okay
>I think. They feel a bit suffocated afterwards, but no major problems. Is
>it unhealthy to wear contact lenses while I swim?  I ,of course, wear
>goggles so it's not as if they are exposed to a lot of chlorine, but after
>I get out the contacts are kind of blurry. Does anyone know about the
>safety of this? It really is an advantage; I like being able to see!
>    -Elizabeth :)

You should talk about this with your optometrist, or preferably,
an opthalmologist. Failing that, you should be extra careful about
cleaning and disinfecting the lenses at night.

I started wearing my gas-permeable hard lenses in the pool once in
a while last summer. I swim laps for exercise and always wear goggles.
I haven't had any problem yet, but I'm in the pool a couple of times
a week, not every day. I make sure that I clean my lenses every night.

I'm still a little paranoid about losing a lens in the pool, so
I have a continuing quest for goggles with corrective lenses. I bought
a pair of Aquaspecs through my optician. They work ok, but they're
absurdly expensive, and they're bulkier that off-the-rack racing
goggles. I'm going to look into the two newer models of Barracuda
goggles. Their adverti***t in this month's Swimming World says
that the newest racing style (forget the model name) is available
with prescription lenses.

--
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|   John Courtney                   Computing Devices International

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Post by Justen Mel » Thu, 17 Feb 1994 05:41:09


Quote:
>  Dear friends,
>    I'm a high school-age swimmer who needs eye advice. I am just starting
> to wear my contacts in the water (twice daily) after being fed up with my
> coach not understanding why I never leave on time. My eyes have been okay
> I think. They feel a bit suffocated afterwards, but no major problems. Is

               ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

I have been wearing my contacts in meets and practice for the past five
years.  No problems.  In fact, in one meet I lost my goggles as I dove in
for my start.  This happened to be a very important race, so I said, "Screw
my contacts," and swam the rest of the race (anchor for 400m free relay) with
my eyes open.  I didn't lose either of my contacts, although they were both
pretty blurry until I cleaned them.

More importantly, I asked my eye doctor about swimming with my lenses in.  He
said it was fine, as long as I waited at least an hour after swimming before
trying to remove them.  It has something to do with the osmotic pressure
causing your lenses to stick to your corneas.  If you try to remove them
while they are still "stuck" you may damage your corneas.  My doc also
recommended using "artificial tears" after swimming, as this helps unstick
your lenses faster.

- J

 
 
 

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Post by Kathleen Stewart (White Brook » Thu, 17 Feb 1994 08:16:47


Quote:
>goggles. I'm going to look into the two newer models of Barracuda
>goggles. Their adverti***t in this month's Swimming World says

John, are you aware that Speedo no sells prescription goggles in most
sporting goods stores? I've tried them and they work fine but are a little
large (as many speedo syles are for me) but they would probably be fine for
a man. I think they run about $25.
--
Kathie Stewart                                 Swim & P.E. teacher and Coach
White Brook Middle School                    
Easthampton, MA 01027          \_____^0      
                                       >
 
 
 

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Post by christopher burro » Thu, 17 Feb 1994 11:05:46

I played water polo once with a guy who put in his contacts, dove to
the bottom of the diving well, opened his eyes and, while looking up
at the surface, came up for air. His lenses never came up, they never
fogged up, never had any problems. I asked him about once and he said
the pressure of the water "squished" his lenses to his eyes. I was
always too afraid to try it myself, but he swore by it.

Chris Burrows

--------------------
"Signatures? We don' need no stinking signatures!"

 
 
 

I need contact lens/swimming advice

Post by Deborah Ilene Arac » Fri, 18 Feb 1994 04:06:25

Quote:
>>         I am just starting
>>to wear my contacts in the water (twice daily) after being fed up with my
>>coach not understanding why I never leave on time.
>                                     ^^^^^^^^^^^^^?????

>Is your coach nearsighted? If so, he/she ought to have a bit more empathy
>and advice. If not, he/she has the sensitivity of a grizzly bear for
>--
> ___________________________________________________________________
>|   John Courtney                   Computing Devices International

> -------------------------------------------------------------------

 
 
 

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Post by John L. Courtn » Fri, 18 Feb 1994 14:49:36


Quote:

>John, are you aware that Speedo no sells prescription goggles in most
>sporting goods stores?

Yes, I tried the Speedo goggles with the corrective lenses. They didn't
fit very well and tended to leak. That style of partial wrap-around
at the temples doesn't work for me. The other (minor) drawback is that
the strongest lens in the Speedos was -8 diopters. My prescription
is -9.25 diopters. Anyway, the goggle style that seems to fit me well
is the Speedo Sprint/Freestyle and the TYR Racetech. But I haven't
found anything like that with corrective lenses. I was browsing
through a big catalog at the optician's office, and came across a company
who sells a Hind Compy equivalent goggle with corrective lenses. So I
found an off-the-shelf Compy and tried the fit. I thought the lenses
were too small and dug into the eye socket. :{
So my next step will be with the Barracudas.
--
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|  John Courtney                   Computing Devices International

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Post by christopher burro » Sat, 19 Feb 1994 00:59:35


[stuff deleted]

: at the temples doesn't work for me. The other (minor) drawback is that
: the strongest lens in the Speedos was -8 diopters. My prescription
: is -9.25 diopters. Anyway, the goggle style that seems to fit me well
: is the Speedo Sprint/Freestyle and the TYR Racetech. But I haven't
: found anything like that with corrective lenses. I was browsing
: --

I coach a high school swim team, and one of my swimmers, who really
can't see a thing w/o his glasses, had his eye doctor cut the flat
lens out of a comfortable pair of goggles and replace them with a
glued in, ground plastic prescription lenses in the same color. It's
not as neat as "prescription goggles" (a little bit of glue-booger
drips), but they seem to work just fine.

:  ___________________________________________________________________
: |  John Courtney                   Computing Devices International

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Post by Mark Hist » Sat, 19 Feb 1994 22:06:06

Hi, christopher.

christopher burrows wrote in a message to All:

cb> I played water polo once with a guy who put in his contacts,
cb> dove to the bottom of the diving well, opened his eyes and,
cb> while looking up at the surface, came up for air. His lenses
cb> never came up, they never fogged up, never had any problems.
cb> I asked him about once and he said the pressure of the water
cb> "squished" his lenses to his eyes. I was always too afraid
cb> to try it myself, but he swore by it.

What seems to happen with me when I wear my (disposable) contacts in the water
and get a lot of water in my eye is that the contact seems to stick to my eye.
 I have to really pull to get it to come off the eye. I would guess that this
has something to do either with the difference in pH between the eye and the
water, or else the water is plugging up the pores in the contacts and not
allowing air to get in.


 
 
 

I need contact lens/swimming advice

Post by BigBange » Sat, 12 Mar 1994 12:54:01

The only thing you need to think about in wearing contact lenses is keeping
your eyes dry in the goggles. I have been using them in competition and in just
pfutsing around, contacts and goggles that is. Just know you have to blink to
keep them a bit wet and that should come naturally.If the goggles leak or fill
up shut your eyes immediately stop take your goggles off and make your goggles
fit.  good luck.I mary ellen
 
 
 

I need contact lens/swimming advice

Post by Jonathan Bu » Tue, 22 Mar 1994 11:37:53

I work in a swimming pool, and the main problem my coworkers and  Ihave with the contacts, is when the chlorine in the air gets inside the lens. This causes irritation in the eye, but no major problems. As well, if the contacts get wet much, the cl2 in the h2o can get into the lenses, (due to solubility) and it is very difficult to get out.

One big advantage of contacts is that you can see the pace clock from a distance.

Hope this helps.

Jonathan ***