|> > 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.