Contact Lenses

Contact Lenses

Post by David Swarbri » Thu, 01 Sep 1994 14:38:15


Does anyone have experience of wearing contact lenses during
training and or competition.

The information I have is conflicting - it might or might not be OK

I wear swim goggles of thewider type which sit on the bones around the eyes
not the smaller ones.

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Contact Lenses

Post by Charlie Cockre » Thu, 01 Sep 1994 21:13:18

|> Does anyone have experience of wearing contact lenses during
|> training and or competition.
|>
|> The information I have is conflicting - it might or might not be OK
|>
|> I wear swim goggles of thewider type which sit on the bones around the eyes
|> not the smaller ones.
|>

I've worn them for years in workouts and meets and have never
had a problem. Occasionally, they get a little dry, but a couple of
drops will take care of that. I'm extremely nearsighted, so I
don't think I could swim without them. I prefer the smaller goggles
though - something like the Speedo-sprint brand or Arena.

 
 
 

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Post by Tom Gargul » Thu, 01 Sep 1994 21:45:35

Quote:

> Does anyone have experience of wearing contact lenses during
> training and or competition.

> The information I have is conflicting - it might or might not be OK

> I wear swim goggles of thewider type which sit on the bones around the eyes
> not the smaller ones.

I have worn soft contacts for years with goggles.  They usually get a
little dry after the workout, so I use rewetting drops.  Make sure
your goggles seal good because if water gets inside it is easy for
the contact to fall out of your eye.

My optometrist doesn't discourage wearing them in a pool, but he
*strongly* discouraged wearing soft contacts in lakes.  He said
bacteria or something can actually grow in the contacts which can
damage your eyes.  I have ignored his advice on this point and may
pay the price someday!

 
 
 

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Post by Elizabeth Law-Eva » Thu, 01 Sep 1994 23:51:43

|>

|> > Does anyone have experience of wearing contact lenses during
|> > training and or competition.
|> >
|> > The information I have is conflicting - it might or might not be OK
|> >
|> > I wear swim goggles of thewider type which sit on the bones around the eyes
|> > not the smaller ones.
|>
|> I have worn soft contacts for years with goggles.  They usually get a
|> little dry after the workout, so I use rewetting drops.  Make sure
|> your goggles seal good because if water gets inside it is easy for
|> the contact to fall out of your eye.
|>
|> My optometrist doesn't discourage wearing them in a pool, but he
|> *strongly* discouraged wearing soft contacts in lakes.  He said
|> bacteria or something can actually grow in the contacts which can
|> damage your eyes.  I have ignored his advice on this point and may
|> pay the price someday!
|>

I've worn extended wear contact lenses for about 15 years, and have always
swum with them.  I've always used the large speedo or finals goggles.  
Regarding the above mentioned possibility of bacterial growth, I've been
told that bacteria will grow in/on lenses under many different conditions so
weekly cleaning and sterilization is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.  This is apparently why extended wear lenses never caught on like some people thought they would.

 
 
 

Contact Lenses

Post by Vincent Gog » Thu, 01 Sep 1994 23:57:34

Quote:


>Does anyone have experience of wearing contact lenses during
>training and or competition.

>The information I have is conflicting - it might or might not be OK

>I wear swim goggles of thewider type which sit on the bones around the eyes
>not the smaller ones.

I've worn contacts both in competition and in training for about 12
years.  No problems and I've never lost a lens (knock on wood).

My optometrist thinks this is pretty risky behaviour as pools are
actually very dirty places (in terms of bacteria). This is supposed to
be especially bad if you wear soft lens. Because these lens are porous
and actually contact ones eye, they provide a great staging ground for a
bacterial infection. I use rigid gas-permeable lens which don't actually
touch the eye so they aren't as much of a risk. They do tend to dry out
but this is nothing that a few comfort-drops won't cure.

The type of goggle doesn't matter as long it's one that fits (i.e. doesn't
leak). I also avoid rubbing/touching my eyes while in the pool.

Vincent

 
 
 

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Post by Tom Gargul » Fri, 02 Sep 1994 01:13:55

Quote:

> I've worn extended wear contact lenses for about 15 years, and have always
> swum with them.  I've always used the large speedo or finals goggles.  
> Regarding the above mentioned possibility of bacterial growth, I've been
> told that bacteria will grow in/on lenses under many different conditions so
> weekly cleaning and sterilization is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.  This is apparently why extended wear lenses never caught on like some people thought they would.

My optometrist claims that some lake-born bacteria will survive
the disinfection of soft contacts.  But as I said I risk it
anyways.
 
 
 

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Post by John Cochra » Fri, 02 Sep 1994 11:10:54

: Does anyone have experience of wearing contact lenses during
: training and or competition.

: The information I have is conflicting - it might or might not be OK

: I wear swim goggles of thewider type which sit on the bones around the eyes
: not the smaller ones.

David,

I've worn soft contact lenses for the past 5 years, both in training and competition.

Only problem I have had is a collision in a public lane swimming session, this
resulted in the loss of one lens.

I work by the following rules:

1) If swimming in public lane swimming session, NEVER swim crawl
2) If swimming in Triathlon style free for all, wear an old pair of lenses
3) Clean lenses with a Hydrogen Peroxide based cleaning system ( e.g. Oxyset )

N.B. The cleaning with peroxide is very important as bacteria that thrive
in pool conditions i.e. warm and wet burrow into the lens and the eye!
I am told by my optician that peroxide is all that is guarnteed to kill
these bacteria.

Hope this advice helps.

John

 
 
 

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Post by Garden » Sat, 03 Sep 1994 09:18:36

Quote:

>Does anyone have experience of wearing contact lenses during
>training and or competition.

>The information I have is conflicting - it might or might not be OK

>I wear swim goggles of thewider type which sit on the bones around the eyes
>not the smaller ones.

I routinely wear soft toric lenses in both training & club competitions. Mainly
because my eyes are so bad I can hardly see without them - in fact i only took
up swimming as a sport after getting contacts.

No great problems so far but i had a lot of trouble finding the right goggles,
but have found Yee brand with foam *** surrounds to be the best. The lenses
tend to dry out & stick after training but are fine after use of a re-wetting
solution.

The need to wear goggles all the time is a nuisance at times, especially on the
beach but its worth it. The only real trouble was when I did not tuck my head
down in a starting dive and lost my goggles and also a lens - now I make sure
to do a decent dive!

Adrian

 
 
 

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Post by Hagen Wenz » Fri, 02 Sep 1994 19:02:00

I wear soft lenses now for a couple of years either with the swedish-
goggles or arena classic. My doctor says it should be no problem with soft  
or hard lenses. You only have to be a little careful when taking the  
goggles of. The light underpressure can make them pop out. Something I  
experienced after a race. Fortunately the lense poped into the goggle...

Some guys from our water-polo team wear these very cheap ($50-$70) soft  
sports-lenses - the ones that you should only wear for 2-3 hours a day -  
*without* a goggle (which would be quite dangerous while playing water-
polo). If you put some pool water onto your eyes before getting into the  
pool, you might as well dive with open eyes! The guys there said they just  
lost one or two lenses in the last couple of years.

Hagen

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Contact Lenses

Post by Eric Chart » Sat, 03 Sep 1994 09:37:49

I wore contact lenses for 5 years.  My optometrist told me that it was risky
but with but "new" disposable contact lenses there will be no  more risk at
all.

So the best solution for you is to buy these!!!

Hope that helps.

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