According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are risks of swimming with contact lenses.
The CDC advised people who wear contact lenses not to swim or shower with these still in contact with their eyes. Infections and injuries can result, according to a recent survey.
About 40 million people in the United States prefer wearing contact lenses over eyeglasses. There have also been millions who went to an eye doctor to get treated for various related conditions, such as keratitis, described as an inflammation of the cornea.
The CDC previously pointed out how 40 to 90 percent of contact lens wears fail to properly follow the guidelines, which may explain why about 1 in 500 people who wear contact lenses develop serious eye infections each year. Less than 50% of those who wear contact lenses reported cleaning the lens cases. If cleaning practices improved, the number of moderate to severe infections could be cut to half. Cases should further be replaced at least once every three months.
Other findings by the CDC showed that 87.1% napped with the lenses still on. 84.9% showered with the lenses on. 82.3% did not replace the lenses as often as recommended. 61% swam withthese on, increasing the risks of swimming with contact lenses. 55.1% “topped off” the lens solution and 50.2% slept with the lenses on overnight. About one-third reported having had a contact lens-related red or painful eye that made doctor’s visit necessary.