If you’re looking for the fastest path to vision loss this summer, you’ve found it!
Swimming in your contacts can cause eye infections, painful ulcers, and BLINDNESS.
There’s a scary little parasite called acanthamoeba that lives in water and loves warm wet places (read: your cornea underneath a contact lens). It can attach to your contact lenses and then discover that your cornea makes a hearty snack.
Acanthamoeba is difficult to diagnose and extremely hard to treat so prevention is key.
The FDA recommends that your contact lenses and/or cases are never exposed to any kind of water, including tap water, sterile water, and H20 in swimming pools, oceans, lakes, hot tubs, and showers.
If you are a descendent of Magoo, I’d recommend investing in swim goggles. They’ll protect your eyes, help you see underwater and you’ll look like a pro!
However, if you must insist on wearing contacts during your water adventures, let’s have a conversation about daily wear contacts lenses. Removing and disposing of your lenses immediately after water exposure will decrease your chances of losing your vision.
Have a safe and happy summer!
Dr. Nytarsha Thomas is an eye doctor and owner of Visionelle Eyecare. She specializes in whole-souled eyecare & designer frames.
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